Comet Iwamoto Wriggles Into The Evening Sky

What may be the brightest comet of the year is currently making a sweep across the evening sky. Before you get too excited, the object, named C/2018 Y1 Iwamoto, is only bright relative to the other comets we’re expecting this year. None of those are predicted to breach the naked-eye limit and it’s unlikely C/2018…
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Coordinate An Evening With The Moon You Will

Hello and welcome back. You and the moon both! I couldn’t resist a little Yoda-speak in the title — the Force will do that to a guy. After delighting us with stops at Jupiter, Venus and Saturn at dawn, the crescent moon has returned to the evening sky. The bright part has also switched sides.…
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Rime Ice Freak Out!

Frost forms when water in the air condenses directly from water vapor to ice and forms carpets of minute crystals that whiten our lawns in early fall. Hoarfrost forms the same way but the grains grow larger to make delicate feathers of ice. Today across parts of northern Minnesota, rime coated trees, poles and even fire…
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Dramatic Meteorite Fall, Sonic Booms In Cuba

Meteorite fall over Cuba. This video includes the boom which sounds like a gunshot. Boom! That’s what the residents of Viñales in western Cuba heard coming from the sky yesterday afternoon around 1:15 p.m. local time. Seconds earlier, Floridians watched a bright meteor streak the sky headed southwest. By the time it reached western Cuba,…
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The Sky Is Crystal Clear

Skywatching knows no hours. Wherever and whenever you tip your head back, a sight awaits. As I was dashing off to an appointment yesterday, I noticed high clouds and looked up toward the sun to see a brief but lovely display of atmospheric colors. Besides the often-seen halo, there were two sundogs on either side…
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