Auroras May Bloom Dec. 6-8

With the moon dwindling to a crescent, conditions look great for northern lights viewing. Good thing because minor G1 storms are forecast for late tonight Dec. 5th through Sunday morning (Dec. 6) and continuing through dawn. After a daytime lull, G1 conditions recur from 9 p.m. till midnight Sunday night (Dec. 6) and Monday night, Dec. 7 during the…
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Timeline Of The Universe: Fiery Beginning To Frigid Finale

We’re all on a timeline. You. Me. Each of us the latest, greatest in an unbroken line of ancestors stretching as far back as the origin of life itself. Our history is woven into that of the greater universe. What if you could scroll through the entire history of time from the origin of matter in the…
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Ride Horseback Across December Skies

If you know the Big Dipper, Orion, the Summer Triangle and Pegasus you can find anything in the night sky. The Summer Triangle’s nodding off to the west, it’s too early for Orion and the Big Dipper’s scrounging around the northern horizon, leaving Pegasus the winged horse to fly high and free across the southern…
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Hayabusa-2 Spacecraft Buzzes Earth Tonight En Route To Ryugu

Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, on a mission to asteroid 162173 Ryugu, will swing fantastically close to Earth tonight, passing only 6,300 miles (10,100 km) from the surface. It’s getting a free boost from our planet’s gravity to help send it on its way to the asteroid belt. The gravity assist technique has been widely used to send…
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Pieces Of Vesta Pelt Eastern Turkey

Call it a surprise visit from Vesta. On September 2, 2015, NASA satellites detected a meteoroid entering the atmosphere with a diameter of approximately 20 inches (50 cm) that broke up at an altitude of about 25 miles (40 km) over several villages in eastern Turkey. After a bright flash and detonations, stones came raining…
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