Tonight’s Harvest Moon Takes Us Back In Time

Tonight’s moon is one we’ve all heard of — the Harvest Moon. It’s the full moon that occurs closest to the fall equinox, and since that was only two days ago, this Harvest Moon is a good fit. What makes it special is that for several nights in a row, it rises only about 20-25…
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Things Are Hopping On Asteroid Ryugu — See The First Photo And Go For A Stroll

I had to share this first incredible photo taken by one of the MINERVA robots we talked about in Friday’s blog. Both of the MINERVAs landed successfully on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, and this image was taken the very next day (Sept. 22). It captures a view of Ryugu’s forbidding surface in midair…
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In Praise Of Fall’s First Day

“What’s your favorite season?” Lots of us ask or are asked this question, and the most common answer I hear is “fall.” People like the colors, the cooler temperatures and the get-down-to-business feel of the season after a summer of heat, sloth and mosquitos. For me, fall and winter are equals followed by spring and…
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Hopping Robots Free Fall To The Surface Of Asteroid Ryugu

It’s happening right now. Two little robots bristling with sensors and cameras departed the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 at 11:06 p.m. yesterday and have begun their free-fall descent to the surface of Ryugu, a barren, rocky asteroid 0.6 miles (1 km) across some 200 million miles (322 million km) from Earth. Named MINERVA II-1A and MINERVA…
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Want To See The Space Station? Now’s A Great Time

The International Space Station (ISS) has a cycle. For a week or more, it only makes passes during daylight hours, so it’s invisible. Then it comes back into view in the morning sky at dawn for a couple weeks then transitions into the evening sky. After a few weeks of evening passes, it begins a…
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