Ever Seen A Lunar Eclipse From Mercury? Me Neither … Till Now

Wednesday’s lunar eclipse photographed by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury As millions of us awoke at dawn and trundled outside to watch the total lunar eclipse this week another set of eyes was keeping tabs from afar. 66 million miles away, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft turned its camera toward Earth to capture several images of the…
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Moon And Illusion In The Hyades Tonight

Now that the eclipse is behind us, the moon has trotted off to the east out of the limelight. It’s in that lengthly phase called waning gibbous, a period of 6+ days between full moon and last quarter. Can I coax you out for another look? Tonight the moon will cross the Hyades star cluster…
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Awestruck In The Valley Of The Comet

Suit up! We’re going for a hike across one of the starkest and most beautiful valleys in the solar system. The Rosetta spacecraft took this photo of the neck region of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko on October 2 from a distance of only 11.8 miles (19 km). I can’t help but see it as an invitation to…
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MOM Sees Mars In 3D

Not long after India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully put itself in orbit about the Red Planet in late September, the spacecraft took this 3D image and tweeted: “What sorcery is this? Get your 3D glasses to look at Mars the way I do.” The photo is a combination of images taken on September 28…
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Total Lunar Eclipse – What A Beauty!

I hope your sky was clear for the total lunar eclipse. It sure wasn’t here. A big bank of clouds moved in before totality. I was shocked when I looked at the window to see a clear sky in the east and not a single star – or moon – in the west. That’s why…
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