Credit: Bob King

Early Morning Aurora And More To Come

Last night, the aurora did make an appearance though it laid low for most of the evening. I watched a greenish arc expand, fade, sink and rise with a rhythm so slow, it could lull a baby to sleep. Then all at once around 12:30 a.m. this morning, the smooth bow splintered into a host…
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Last quarter moon Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Bob King

Moon At Last Quarter, Aurora On Deck

Beautiful blue sky morning. I walked the dog, noted the light coating of frost on the lawn and looked up to see a crisp last quarter moon riding over the poplar tops. Only a few yellow-brown leaves wagged way up there, but the contrasts of sky, moon and autumnal color made for a refreshing way…
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Artist's concept of Shiaparelli deploying its parachute. Credit: ESA

Mars Lander Crashes, May Have Exploded On Impact

Something went horribly wrong. The Schiaparelli lander appears to have crashed during its attempted landing on Mars two days ago.  NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet almost certainly related to the lander’s demise. One is a dark, fuzzy spot roughly 50 x 130 feet (15 x 40…
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Celebrate The Power Of The Naked Eye In My New Book

If you’re like a lot of people, you don’t own a telescope but still have a passion for the stars. I’ve got good news for you.  There’s lots to see up there without any equipment at all. That’s the premise of my new book titled Night Sky with the Naked Eye, a non-technical guide to the wonders of the night…
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Orionids. Stellarium

Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks Friday Morning

Every year in late October, Earth plows into  a “snow flurry” of dust and small fragments shed by Halley’s Comet during its many passages of the sun. The last time Halley dropped by our vicinity was in 1986, and it’s expected again in 2061. Every time the comet draws near the sun, solar heating boils…
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