Earth Peeps Out From Saturn’s Rings

You may not have seen it unless you were out very late last night, but the aurora did come around. It flared into a G2 moderate storm a few hours later than predicted. Looking back at the rhythmic expansion and contraction of the auroral oval, 3 a.m. CDT would have been the perfect to be out.…
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Super Aurora Friday Night, Stronger Storms Predicted For Saturday Night

I didn’t expect much aurora Friday night based on the forecast. Maybe a low, green arc at most. But no, the sky put on an incredible show that continues even now into the wee hours of Saturday. I first saw a faint, glowing haze low in the northeastern sky around 10 p.m. CDT. The camera revealed…
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Take A Lyrid Meteor Shower Tonight / Astronomy Day!

Tomorrow morning (April 22), the annual Lyrid meteor shower reaches its peak! This medium-strength stream typically delivers about 10-20 meteors per hour from a point in the sky near the bright star Vega. We’ve been showerless since the Quadrantids in early January, and the Lyrids arrive at a most welcome time of year. The warmer weather will…
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New Earth-at-Night Photos Show People, Light Creep

NASA scientists just released new global maps of Earth at night, providing the clearest-yet views of the patterns of human settlements across our planet and the light we bring to our night skies. Until 2012, nighttime photos of the planet were only available to a small group of scientists through military satellites and astronaut photography. But…
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The Face Of Earth-Approacher 2014 JO25 / Sun Blows Off Some ‘Steam’

Tonight, we finally get a chance to see Earth-approaching asteroid 2014 JO25 canter across the sky a day hours after its closest approach to Earth. You’ll need a 3 or 4-inch telescope to find and track it, and I hope you do. Unfortunately, my skies will be cloudy, so if you see this giant hurtling rock, please…
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