Celebrate Earth Day With The Lyrid Meteor Shower

Want to get an early start on Earth Day celebrations? Set your alarm for 3 a.m. tomorrow morning and spend an hour watching the annual Lyrid meteor shower. I’ll be out there — as long as the forecast holds. The moon sets around 1 a.m., so you can begin watching any time after. The closer to…
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Aurora Kicks Into Gear Overnight — More Possible Tonight

Space weather forecasters expected auroras tonight, but they arrived a night early and put on a great show till dawn. I noticed a slight glow low in the northern sky around 9:30, so I packed up the telescope and drove to a dark spot. At 10 o’clock, the crescent moon was still bright in the…
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Northern Lights Alert April 19-20

I had planned on looking at a few things in the telescope tonight, but an unexpected aurora got the better of the sky and my time. It was spectacular, and I’ll have photos to share later this morning. But I just wanted to alert you that the aurora is still out there (certainly over Duluth,…
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Hubble Wades Into Lagoon Nebula To Celebrate 28th Birthday

Happy birthday, you big old eye in the sky! On Tuesday, April 24, the Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate 28 years in space. Since its launch in 1990, it has revolutionized almost every area of observational astronomy and provided us countless photos of the most amazing objects in space. Since we can’t bring a birthday cake up…
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SPHERE Snaps Stunning Photos Of Budding Solar Systems

What makes a planet different from a star? A star shines generates its own light by fusing hydrogen atoms in its core. The energy escapes the star from its surface as heat and light. Planets are too small burn elements. They may heat up but they don’t shine. Instead, a planet is visible by the…
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