First Peek At Venus

It’s one thing to talk about going out to see something and another to see it. Occasionally I’ll write about something in the sky I know is happening but I’ve yet to see. You may remember a couple weeks back we talked about the return of Venus to the evening. Although it’s the brightest planet…
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See Meteors From Halley’s Comet, Orionids Peak Monday Night

I’m embarrassed to admit this but I used to ignore the Orionids because I considered it a minor shower. But that changed several years back when I finally gave the shower its due. While no August Perseids, the Orionids were a delight. The flashed by so quickly I could hardly believe my eyes. At peak,…
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Frying Up Some Southern Fish — A Peek At Piscis Austrinus

Fish is a mainstay at our house with breaded tilapia and salmon favorites. Looking around the sky fish appear to be just as popular with no fewer than four finned constellations across both hemispheres. We have two in the north — Pisces and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish — and two strictly southern hemisphere groups,…
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Hubble Gets A Look At Interstellar Comet Borisov And Finds A Familiar Face

A lot of us were hoping the Hubble would turn its eye on the interstellar visitor currently passing through our solar system for the first really clear view. On October 12, astronomers did just that, focusing the instrument’s 94-inch mirror on comet 2I/Borisov. I can’t help it, but the comet looks as chubby and round…
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Full Hunter’s Moon Sunday — Watch For The Moon Illusion

On Sunday evening get ready for the Full Hunter’s Moon. It will rise close to sunset, and depending on where watch, look larger than usual … or maybe not. Most people see a rising full moon as much larger than the same moon when it shines overhead. We know that’s physically impossible, and you can…
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