Venus Gets Bees In Her Bonnet

Venus met up with the crescent moon over the weekend. Tonight through Wednesday, it gets cozy with the Beehive star cluster in Cancer the Crab. To see it you have to wait until later in twilight when Venus will be rather low in the western sky and use binoculars. Focus on Venus and look to…
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Juno Discovers That Jupiter’s Lightning Is Like Earth’s

Summer’s coming. For the western hemisphere it starts bright and early Thursday June 21 at 5:07 a.m. (Central Time). The heat of the season fuels the formation of thunderstorms. Last night, I drove home through one, with sudden downpours and lightning that lit up the sky like popping flash bulbs. Earth’s not the only planet…
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Venus Gets A Visit From The Moon

Look west tonight and you’ll see Venus has company. A thin, 2-day-old crescent will dangle below the brilliant planet at dusk. The sight will be a beautiful one and worth catching while you’re out and about. If clouds interfere, a slightly thicker, brighter moon will appear to the left of Venus on Saturday evening. Venus…
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Can You See A Rainbow After Sunset? Absolutely

I took a long nap the other evening. And when I awoke, the world had changed. The sky, the air, everything glowed yellow-orange. Still drunk on sleep’s melatonin I stumbled outside and took a walk down the road. It started to rain about the time I became fully conscious. Instinctively, I looked back over my…
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Mars Dust Storm Intensifies, May Go Global

The big dust storm on Mars has spread to cover a quarter of the planet. And the Opportunity rover has gone silent. NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover on June 12 but did not hear back probably because the charge in its batteries has dropped below 24 volts. At that point, the rover…
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