Venus And Jupiter Bring It On / Aurora Forecast Tonight

The waxing gibbous moon dominates the evening sky, but with luck we may see the aurora tonight. On October 22 the Sun cut loose with a CME or coronal mass ejection that’s expected to side-swipe the planet. A minor G1 storm is expected to start this afternoon and continue overnight. Because of the moonlight, the…
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The Sound And The Fury: Hurricane Patricia Vs. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

You’ve probably heard it by now. Patricia is the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, and it’s making landfall this evening in Mexico. With sustained winds now of 190 mph and gusts to 200 mph bearing down on Mexico’s west coast, we hope everyone in the storm’s path has found shelter or will very soon. International…
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New NASA Site Features Daily Full-Color Photos Of The Rotating Earth

NASA launched a new website this week you’re gonna love. It features 10 or more new color pictures of the planet Earth taken every day from a million miles away by the EPIC camera on board the DSCOVR Observatory.   At that distance, we see one entire face of our beautiful blue planet. At the site, you…
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Share An Evening With The First Quarter Moon

I’m a tireless moon booster. There are just so many ways of enjoying our only natural satellite. Whether walking by its light, trying to discern a rabbit, woman or man in that shiny ball or roving across its crater-riddled regolith (lunar soil) with binoculars and telescope, the moon is multi-dimensional. Tonight it’s at half or first quarter phase,…
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Tune In To The Orionids, Brought To You By Halley’s Comet

Remember Halley’s Comet? It’s more than 3.1 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth, but it’s influence will be felt this week when dust deposited by the comet along its orbit comes crashing into our atmosphere as the Orionid meteor shower. Those teeny rocks will be moving fast, too. Orionids race in at 148,000 miles an hour…
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