Why Wait For Betelgeuse To Blow Up? See Two Bright Supernovae Tonight

Why wait around for Betelgeuse to blow up to see a supernova in your lifetime? If you have a 6-inch telescope and dark sky you can see one right now. Two actually. Both are visible in the western sky at nightfall in the neighboring constellations Virgo and Coma Berenices. The first of the pair, dubbed…
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Comet NEOWISE Makes A Bright Appearance At Dawn — Come See!

I made my first attempt for Comet NEOWISE Saturday morning, July 4. I probably should have turned around and gone back to bed, but there was just enough of an opening in the clouds to offer an iota of hope, so I stuck it out. Glad I did. Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) rounded the sun…
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This Is What 10 Years Of Staring At The Sun Will Get You

Many of us are feeling the full force of the sun this month — long days, morning glare and heat, heat, heat! You might think that’s because Earth is closer to the sun during northern summer but just the opposite is true. Earth reaches aphelion in 2020 — its most distance point from the sun…
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Will You See The 4th Of July Penumbral Lunar Eclipse?

Due to COVID-19 concerns many cities have postponed their 4th of July fireworks displays and celebrations. But as no human hand moves in the heavens, celestial events will go on according to the laws of physics. That includes a penumbra eclipse of the moon. Total eclipses of the moon and sun are some of the…
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Ancient Supernova Ripple Discovered Near The Big Dipper

Drop a stone in a pond and ripples spread into every widening circles. Blow up a star and its blast wave sweeps up and excites thinly strewn atoms to form an ever-expanding glowing circle in space. A team of astronomers stumbled on just such a ring about 600 light years away that spills into four…
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