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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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60 Minutes With The Orionids

The Orionids, a minor but always reliable meteor shower, peaks this coming weekend. Under a dark sky you can up to 15 meteors an hour and sometimes more. Because Orion doesn’t really crest the horizon until midnight, the best viewing times begin a couple hours before dawn. This year, when the constellation culminates in the…
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