Asteroid 2012 TC4 On Track For Close Earth Flyby

Here comes another one! Early Thursday morning, Oct. 12, the house-sized asteroid 2012 TC4 will pass fewer than 9,000 miles from the geostationary belt of communications satellites that ring the Earth. At closest around 12:42 a.m., the flying boulder zips about 31,180 miles (50,180 km) above Earth’s surface, coming closest around 12:42 a.m. Central time. Observers in…
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New Book And Morning Glories

I apologize for being out of commission here for a few days. I’ve been furiously working to complete my second book. After finishing the draft late last week, it was time to edit. I love editing. It’s like cleaning house and getting everything in order, but it takes a lot of concentration. That’s why I’ve…
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Space Station Blows In With The Fall Wind

Better grab my coat. I feel a nip in the night wind. Temperatures in the low 40s are most welcome after a warm, wet, sticky summer. Fall is often the best time to enjoy the stars — the bugs are gone, a jacket feels like a warm hug and the Milky Way arches straight overhead…
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More Aurora Where Last Night’s Came From

How sweet it is when an aurora forecast is dead-on. Last night, the northern lights performed as expected, actually better than expected, and they were right on schedule. At nightfall, I could see a glow low in the north, but because of a work project, didn’t go out for a real look until around 10:30-11…
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Saturn Conjunction Tonight, G2 Aurora Storm Forecast Weds. Night

I hope you’ll have clear skies tonight to see a nice conjunction of Saturn and the almost-half moon in the southwestern sky at dusk. They’ll be fairly close, about 2½° apart, and worth a look. If you haven’t seen Saturn through a telescope lately, tonight’s pairing will serve as a reminder to look at the ringed…
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