Saturn Glows Like Burnished Gold; Comet Encke Grows A Tail

Wow, what a perspective! The Cassini Orbiter took this photo – a mosaic of 36 images made through three color filters – on Oct. 10 from a highly inclined orbit that lets us peer over both the north and south poles of the ringed planet. Since Earth and Saturn are both stuck in the same…
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Rare Solar Eclipse November 3 – How And Where To See It

When the moon passes directly between the Earth and sun we witness either a total or annular solar eclipse. Sunday’s eclipse will be both – a rarity! In an annular or ring eclipse, the moon covers all but a bright ring of sunlight around the sun’s circumference. Just like a total eclipse, the moon moves…
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Catch ATV-4 Aka ‘Albert Einstein’ Before It Crashes In The Ocean

Albert Einstein undocks from the space station on Oct. 28 Very happy to report that Heavens-Above has posted viewing times for the European space cargo ship ATV-4 (Automated Transfer Vehicle 4), christened Einstein after the great 20th century scientist. The vehicle delivered supplies to the International Space Station last June and departed on Oct. 28 carrying…
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Venus At Her Finest Today, But Oh So Shy

Demure Venus. Here’s a planet, brightest and arguably the most beautiful in the sky, that’s been hiding for months. It’s out there alright, but you better have a clear, open view to the west. For skywatchers living at mid-northern latitudes, which includes much of the U.S., Canada and Europe, Venus stands only about 10 degrees…
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Boo! Ghostly Auroras Possible On Halloween

Auroras on Halloween? I can’t think of a better fit than the spooky quavering of northern lights. I’m happy to report there’s a real possibility that skywatchers in the northern U.S. and southern Canada might share their treat or treating with an ominous green arc hanging over the northern horizon. Space weather experts are forecasting a…
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