What’s Going On With ‘Oumuamua — Alien Technology Now?

First it was an asteroid, then a comet and now a group of Harvard researchers suggest the enigmatic ‘Oumuaua could be an alien-built light sail. The half-mile-long flying whatever-it-is was discovered on October 2017 with the Panstarrs-1 telescope on Mt. Haleakala in Maui. Like similar discoveries, the object was too small to appear any larger…
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Venus Returns In The Company Of The Slender Moon

Venus is back! To see it, all you need is a good view of the eastern horizon. Tomorrow morning, we’re in for a double-crescent treat because the the exceedingly thin lunar crescent (just one day before new) shines just 6° or three fingers above the eastern horizon. Venus will also be a wire-thin crescent about…
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Dawn Sees Dusk — NASA Asteroid Explorer Goes Dark

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft missed its schedule communication session with NASA’s Deep Space Network on both Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 this past week.  After eliminating other causes, mission manages concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of the fuel hydrazine, which it uses to point its antenna toward Earth for communications and turn its solar panels to the…
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Arcturus And Morning Moon Wake-up Call

The sun rises remarkably late in the days leading up to “falling back,” when we drop Daylight Saving Time (DST). In Chicago and Denver it comes up about 7:30 a.m and just before 8 o’clock in Duluth and Seattle. That makes it really easy to rise an hour before sunrise in the semi-dark twilight and…
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Astronomers Confirm Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

As we wait for the Event Horizon Telescope team to assemble the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, astronomers are pushing ever closer to the object’s fringes. A team of scientists with the European Southern Observatory has recently observed flares of infrared light coming from the spinning…
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