Eclipse Preview: Sliver Moon And Venus Pair Up At Dawn

We talk so much about the sun in eclipse, it’s easy to forget the moon will be at center stage on Monday. After all, during totality, we won’t see the sun. Instead we’ll be facing the new moon! No sunlight will touch the face of the moon visible from Earth, but from the perspective of…
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Sunspots To The Rescue / Watch The Eclipse Live Online

Lots of amateur astronomers were hoping the sun wouldn’t be blank during the eclipse. We got our wish. Earlier this week, a lively sunspot group appeared around the eastern limb of the sun. It’s now peppered with about 25 spots and should be near the center of the solar disk on eclipse day. It’s fun…
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Northern Lights Possible Tonight And Thursday / Last-Minute Eclipse Checklist

So many of us have the eclipse on our minds, but nature has many cards. Tonight (Aug. 16) and tomorrow, night it’s expected to deal the aurora card with minor (G1) geomagnetic storms forecast. A high-speed flow of particles from a coronal hole slamming into a slower stream compresses the material and creates a shock…
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What We’ll Learn From Monday’s Eclipse / Safe Filter Update / Weather

It’s been a busy week! If you’re making eclipse plans, much of the total eclipse path looks surprisingly good for weather. Extended forecasts in key places and regions like eastern Oregon, Casper, Wyo., western Nebraska, the Kansas City region, St. Louis, southern Illinois and Nashville all call for sunshine. The weather even looks good where I live…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Will Still Be Active Sunday Night

Too bad the clouds moved in! I had clear skies until about 11 p.m. and saw some great Perseid meteors from 10:15 until that time. It’s never easy to capture meteors with a camera, but I had a gut feeling I’d get one on my first exposure — and it happened! The meteor glowed orange…
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