Goodmorning Moon / Tomorrow’s Titan Flyby

Like a lot of parents, we read Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown to our kids to get them ready for bed at night. The calming words and repetition soothed child and adult alike at the end of the day. Maybe a sequel titled “Goodmorning Moon” will be written someday about waking up to the…
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Rosetta’s Comet From 17.8 Miles – Forbidding Yet Inviting

2.5 miles of rugged, icy, airless desert. Is there a more forbidding looking place in the solar system than Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko? In this new close-up, composed of four separate images taken with Rosetta’s navigation camera on September 19, we take in the comet from a distance of only 17.8 miles (28.6 km). Click to pull…
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Jupiter-moon Conjunction / Space Station Expecting Guests / Hello Mars!

Getting a little extra sleep these September mornings? That benefit comes from later sunrises as we approach the fall equinox. I don’t know about you, but I sleep better in a darkened bedroom. The rate of change has really picked up in the past few weeks with the sun now rising around 7 o’clock, a…
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Minor Aurora Alert Tonight Sept. 18-19

Observers in the northern U.S. and southern Canada should be alert for auroras tonight. The direction of the magnetic field has been mostly south for the past 8 hours, providing a nice linkage into Earth’s magnetic bubble. It’s cloudy in Duluth, Minn., but the Ovation oval plot (above) would indicate visible aurora low in the…
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Hold My Hand As We Peer Into The Bootes Void

Most of us would consider Bootes the Bear Guard a spring constellation. That’s when it first appears in the eastern sky, following the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear as the snow drifts recede. Come fall, Bootes (Boh-OH-tease) and its bright luminary Arcturus recline in the west within spitting distance of the Dipper. Every…
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