Make Way For The Thunder Moon

We had thunderstorms move through the area yesterday evening. As often happens during summer showers, the sun peeked out at the end, and shot light across the rain still falling at my house, producing a spectacular rainbow. The rainbow was fainter than most because the sun was nearly level with the western horizon and already…
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India To Attempt Soft-Landing Near The Moon’s South Pole

India is poised to launch its second mission to the moon, this one far more adventurous than the first. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was slated to lift off this afternoon Central Time (July 14) but was unfortunately postponed for technical reasons. A new launch date will be set soon. This second lunar voyage includes a lunar…
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Lunar Odyssey — Visit The Sea Of Showers, Bay Of Rainbows And Copernicus Tonight

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this month everyone’s talking about the moon. By happy circumstance it’s also shining in the southern sky every clear night. If you’ve been following its progress, you’ve noticed at least two things: the moon sets later each night and its phase has waxed or increased…
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Hop Aboard 2019 LF6, The Asteroid With The Shortest Year Known

A newly discovered, kilometer-sized asteroid orbits the sun entirely inside Earth’s orbit. Named 2019 LF6 it takes just five months (151 days) to complete its orbit, the shortest known of any asteroid. 2019 LF6 belongs to the Atira asteroid family, a select group of 20 asteroids (to date) that all orbit interior to Earth’s orbit.…
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Bright Tidings From Saturn The Ring Bearer!

Now that we got Jupiter up and running, it’s time to bring Saturn into the picture. Jupiter reached opposition last month when it passed closest to the Earth for the year. It’s still incredibly bright and will remain a beacon in the southern sky throughout summer and into early fall. But now the focus shifts…
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