Jupiter Points The Way To Scorpius, The Most Dangerous Constellation

Bright planets make the best guides to other objects in the night sky. Jupiter for instance is perfectly positioned to point us to Scorpius the scorpion. Outside of the moon it’s now the brightest object in the evening sky and will remain so for the summer. It shines beacon-like in the southern sky at dusk…
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What Happens Under The Stars While We Sleep

To see a favorite planet or maybe a new comet in the night sky you might have to stay up late or get up early before sunrise. On other nights you may intend to get to bed but get caught up in the beauty and flow of the night and stay out way past your…
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Venus From The Space Station / Standing On Bennu’s Doorstep

Every 90 minutes the International Space Station (ISS) goes around the Earth. Astronauts on board see 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. Besides the sun and moon, Venus is the brightest solar system body we can see. It’s spectacular viewed from a dark sky, but even big-city dwellers can spot the planet through the…
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Weird Atmospherics — Curious Clouds Of Jupiter And Earth

Hands down Jupiter’s got the most the bizarre clouds in the solar system. All those swirls, whirls and vortices look like so much cream in a cup of coffee. If you’d asked Van Gogh to paint Jupiter sight unseen, I’m sure it would bear a remarkable resemblance to the real thing. Clouds form on Jupiter…
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A Salute To Summer On Today’s Solstice

I’ve been building an ever-rising brush pile in my backyard. Each day the stack climbs a little higher just the like sun’s been doing since the first day of winter. Today at 10:54 a.m. (Central Time) it tops out at its highest point in the sky when its rays are most direct and the day…
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