Dragonfly Drone To Explore Saturn’s Gassy Moon Titan

Dutch astronomer Christopher Huygens discovered Saturn’s largest moon Titan in 1655. Not quite 300 years later, Dutch American astronomer Gerard Kuiper (yes, of Kuiper Belt fame) discovered it possessed an atmosphere. Kuiper passed light from the distant moon through a prism and identified the presence of methane gas. Further observations from Earth and during Pioneer…
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The July 2 Eclipse Viewed From The Moon

I thought you’d enjoy seeing what this week’s total solar eclipse looked like from the moon. These photos were taken by the by the Chinese Longjiang-2 satellite, one of a pair launched to the moon in 2018. The first failed to enter orbit, but the second succeeded. Amateur radio operators back on Earth have been…
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Sky Guide For Fireworks Watchers

Tonight’s fireworks will explode against the stage of the sky. Many of us will be out to enjoy the show as we celebrate Independence Day. While you’re waiting for everything to begin, why not take in some celestial sights? If you can think to bring binoculars, do. There’s a beautiful crescent moon low in the…
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Totally Taken By Yesterday’s Total Eclipse — Quick Report And Images

I was surprised at how moved I was watching yesterday’s total solar eclipse online. I checked into the Exploratorium and ESO feeds for nearly the entire eclipse. When everyone cheered at totality I got all choked up. A friend in Buenos Aires, where it was unfortunately cloudy except for a brief minute, sent regular photo…
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How To See Tuesday’s Total Solar Eclipse Without Leaving Home

It’s happening again — I wish I were there! On Tuesday afternoon July 2, the moon will cover the sun for a maximum of 4 minutes 33 seconds. Much of the eclipse will take place over the South Pacific Ocean, but millions of lucky skywatchers positioned across an ~95-mile-wide (150 km) corridor from La Serena,…
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