Traffic Jams At Mars? Say It Ain’t So

Looking for a job as a celestial traffic cop? Consider giving NASA a call. With the arrival last summer of two additional orbiters at Mars, there are now five active satellites with their eyes on the Red Planet. NASA tracks those and the approximate location of its Mars Global Surveyor, a 1997 orbiter that’s not longer working,…
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Make Way For The Moondogs Of May

I got a surprise last night when I took out the garbage. Instead of one moon, there were three! Well they weren’t all real moons. Two were paraselenae — better known as moondogs — and so bright, my first impression was of three large, luminous objects above me. Now that the sky had my attention,…
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See Hubble’s ‘Pillars Of Creation’ In 3D

They’ll all be gone in 3 million years, so enjoy them while you can. I’m talking about  the “Pillars of Creation” — shown here in one of the Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic images — that form part of the Eagle Nebula in the constellation Serpens. Three giant columns of cold gas and dust form a fist…
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Full Flower Moon Blooms Atop Zubenelgenubi This Weekend

The first dandelions are up, so it must be a full moon. Full Flower Moon that is. Your calendar may show the full moon date as Monday May 4, but that’s only true only if you live in Nova Scotia and points east. For the continental U.S. the moon tops off at full Sunday night. It’s a time zone…
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Quiet Sun Throws A Spectacular Fit

After successive bouts of northern lights and a very spotty Sun during the first half of April, things have been VERY QUIET this week with no auroras in the forecast and no sunspots either. That didn’t stop the Sun from releasing an incredible plasma blast on April 28-29. Such a huge release of flaming hydrogen…
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