Venus From The Space Station / Standing On Bennu’s Doorstep

Every 90 minutes the International Space Station (ISS) goes around the Earth. Astronauts on board see 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. Besides the sun and moon, Venus is the brightest solar system body we can see. It’s spectacular viewed from a dark sky, but even big-city dwellers can spot the planet through the…
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Weird Atmospherics — Curious Clouds Of Jupiter And Earth

Hands down Jupiter’s got the most the bizarre clouds in the solar system. All those swirls, whirls and vortices look like so much cream in a cup of coffee. If you’d asked Van Gogh to paint Jupiter sight unseen, I’m sure it would bear a remarkable resemblance to the real thing. Clouds form on Jupiter…
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A Salute To Summer On Today’s Solstice

I’ve been building an ever-rising brush pile in my backyard. Each day the stack climbs a little higher just the like sun’s been doing since the first day of winter. Today at 10:54 a.m. (Central Time) it tops out at its highest point in the sky when its rays are most direct and the day…
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ESA’s Daring Plan To Intercept A Pristine Comet

Gotta hand it to the European Space Agency (ESA). Their new Comet Interceptor doesn’t even have a target yet, but the agency’s moving ahead with building and launching the spacecraft to intercept and study an as-yet-discovered comet en route to the inner solar system. The mission will be fast-tracked, with a total development duration from selection…
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See A Fine Conjunction Of Saturn And The Moon Tonight / Train Your Eyes On Titan

Gosh, the nights are pleasant. And they smell good, too. If you step out tonight around 11 o’clock and look low in the southeastern sky you’ll catch sight of the waning gibbous moon and what looks like a stellar companion located just 1° above it. That would be the planet Saturn. 10x binoculars will reveal…
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