Full Hunter’s Moon Horizon Hijinks

With the approach of the firearms deer hunting season it won’t be long before blaze orange becomes the rage in my state. The full Hunter’s Moon will rise a less lurid hue tonight around sunset and stay up all night. The name comes from the time when hunters stalked their prey by moonlight. If your…
Read More

Orionid Shower Recap And What’s Up Next For Meteor Bursts

Did you get to see the Orionid meteor shower this weekend? I managed an hour and a half under a moonless sky this morning between 5 and 6:30 a.m. Although twilight began around 6, I stuck around as the sky brightened. Good thing I did. A nib of Halley’s Comet zipped across Taurus, flared brightly…
Read More

Surrender To Your Inner Lunatic Tonight

I know you’re all thinking about the Orionid meteor shower this weekend, but take a few minutes to get moonstruck as we celebrate International Observe the Moon Night tonight. The moon may be for lovers, but I long ago fell in love with the orb itself. It’s a completely alien celestial body and yet so…
Read More

BepiColombo Mission To Mercury Launches Tonight

Wanna watch a rocket launch to Mercury? It happens tonight when the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission blasts off at 8:45 p.m. (Central Time) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Live transmission starts a half-hour before at 8:15 p.m. See it happen before your eyes here. This is Europe’s first mission to Mercury and comes on the heels…
Read More

Massive ‘Hyperion’ Galaxy Swarm Discovered In Early Universe

Used to be astronomers thought the Milky Way was all there was. Just one enormous galaxy filled with everything in space. American astronomer Edwin Hubble turned that view on its head, proving that galaxies external to the Milky Way were a thing. Moreover, these galaxies gathered into small groups which gathered into clusters. Multiple clusters…
Read More