Solar Odyssey — The Parker Probe’s Sizzling Mission To The Sun

NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe on Aug. 12 on a mission to a star — our very own sun! You’d think it would be easy to drop down to the center of the solar system under the power of the sun’s gravity. Like rolling a rock downhill. No, no, no. It actually takes 55…
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After The Perseids, A Beautiful Moon-Venus Conjunction

I really enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower and hope you had a chance to see it, too. My daughter Maria came over and we reclined in the driveway talking and watching quietly till 1 in the morning. Because I fiddled with the camera she saw a few more meteors than I. Her final count was…
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Fire Smoke May Dim Perseid Meteor Shower

Heavy smoke from forest fires in California and British Columbia may affect how many meteors we’ll see from the Perseid shower this weekend. Two nights ago, a gap between extensive tendrils of airborne smoke made for one of the darkest skies of the past few weeks. The Milky Way was incredible, and I even spotted…
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How To Photograph The Perseid Meteor Shower

How would you like to capture a Perseid meteor with your camera this weekend? It’s not hard to do. For the best photos you’ll need a digital SLR camera like a Canon Rebel or Nikon D5500, but even a cell phone is up the job when outfitted with an app like NightCap Camera ($1.99) for iPhone.…
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Perseid Meteor Shower Kicks Into High Gear This Weekend

It’s time for the Perseids again! This has to be the most fun shower of the year. The sky is often clear, weather pleasant and nobody worries too much about staying up late. You’ve probably already seen a smattering of shower meteors this week, but the peak night will be Sunday (Aug. 12-13) when up…
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