Hey, Vega, Nice To See Ya’

Every moonrise is different. Last night’s Full Flower Moon rose squat and orange like you’d expect. But about 2 minutes later it ascended through a pencil-like layer of cloud. To the naked eye it looked exactly as if someone had taken a black magic marker and neatly drew a straight line across the moon’s face.…
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Astronomers Discover Closest Black Hole To Earth

Astronomers have discovered the nearest black hole to Earth and also the first to orbit a star visible with the naked eye. The star, named HR 6819, is located in the constellation of Telescopium and visible from the southern U.S. and points south. At magnitude 5.4 skywatchers can spot it from a dark, rural sky…
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The Full Flower Moon Meets Zubenelgenubi

I spotted my first wildflowers over the weekend — hepaticas, bloodroot, marsh marigolds, anemones and yellow bellflowers. It always feels so good to see these friends again each spring. In consort with the blooming Earth the moon will bloom full on Thursday, May 7. Its traditional name of Full Flower Moon is well chosen. Because…
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Hubble Photographs A Shattered Comet / Another Slice Of Lunar Cheese Exposed

Poor Comet ATLAS. It just couldn’t hold it together. We talked about the breakup of this comet in an earlier blog, but I thought you’d enjoy seeing the recent high-resolution photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The comet was discovered in December 2019 and quickly brightened until mid-March with a forecast to reach naked-eye…
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Meet Me At The Lunar Terminator Tonight

Just a quick note to say that the moon has arrived again at that ideal phase for crater-watching. While a telescope (even a small one) is best for looking at the moon the larger craters are easy to spot in just a pair of binoculars. The more I look at the sky and write about…
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