Don’t Miss Tonight’s Double Shadow Transit At Jupiter And Venus-Moon Conjunction

Jupiter’s easy to find any August evening. It’s the brightest object in the southern sky at nightfall. Small telescope owners can easily see its four brightest moons called the Galilean satellites. Although discovered by Galileo on January 7, 1610, it was German astronomer Simon Marius who proposed their names (suggested by Johannes Kepler) in 1614.…
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Video Wizardry Makes Apollo Moon Footage Come Alive

Apollo 16 lunar traverse at 60 frames per second (fps) Wouldn’t it have been nice if we had today’s video technology back in the days of Apollo? Recall the quality of the historic footage of Neil Armstrong walking down the lunar lander ladder and stepping onto the moon. It had the same blurry, choppy appearance…
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Two Comets Meet At Dusk / Perseid Meteor Shower Update

I discovered a comet! OK, not a new one. I was photographing our friend Comet NEOWISE two nights ago. When I looked closely at the photo I noticed a faint, greenish smudge near the top of its tail. My first thought was a bright galaxy or even an image flaw. Then it dawned on me…
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Time For The Perseids, The Year’s Most Enjoyable Meteor Shower — Peaks Aug. 11-12

I really enjoy the Perseids. Nice weather makes them easy to watch, and there are always enough meteors to go around. While the Geminids of mid-December boast higher hourly numbers of you have to deal with Jack Frost nipping at your nose and toes. The Perseids are active between July 17 and August 26 but…
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Mars And Moon Meet In A Dazzling Conjunction Tonight (Aug. 8-9)

We have a pretty conjunction on tap for late tonight when the waning gibbous moon shines just 1.7° below brilliant Mars. If you have a clear view down to the eastern horizon you’ll see the bright pair as early as 11:15 p.m. Most of us will have to wait until around midnight when the duo…
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