Mostly Saturn With A Chance Of Auroras

Do we have any bread bakers out there? Runners? Tomorrow morning, assuming clear weather, they (and anyone else inclined) will see the waning gibbous moon and Saturn stand together in the southern sky an hour or two before sunrise. Both are in the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. Sagittarius and neighboring Scorpius are summertime groups…
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Distant, Dim ‘DeeDee’ Beckons From Beyond

Meet DeeDee. At about three times Pluto’s current distance from the sun, DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a known orbit. Only the dwarf planet Eris lies further. Both circle the sun in the scattered disk, a sparse ring of bodies that lies even farther than the Kuiper Belt, an…
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Comet 41P In The Dragon’s Gaze / Saturn’s Flying Saucer Moon

Now that the waning gibbous moon rises after 11 o’clock, we’ve got an expanding dark sky window to catch up with 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak. When we last left the comet, it was sailing across the Big Dipper and visible as a 6th magnitude smudge-ball in binoculars. It passed closest to Earth on April 1 at 13 million miles.…
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Hubble’s Jupiter — Whipped Cream With A Cherry On Top

If you had clear skies this week, you probably noticed the big, bright moon next to the big, bright planet Jupiter. Jupiter drew closest to the Earth on April 8 and now appears brighter in the night sky than at any other time in the year. Not only are beginners and amateurs alike pointing telescopes…
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Astronomers Spot Intense Auroras On Uranus

One of our favorite topics here is the northern lights. Although auroras are uncommon in middle northern latitudes, you can always take a plane or train up to Churchill on Hudson Bay and see them nearly every night of the year. If you could get in a rocket ship and launch for Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,…
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