Lively, Green Comet PanSTARRS Glows Before Dawn

Yesterday, I said that getting up before dawn isn’t easy especially in summer, when the sun rises so early. And while I may not rise with the birds for the space station I will for a comet. Comet PanSTARRS (C/2017 S3) has become active in the past couple weeks after an “outburst” at the end…
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Hey Hey Hey, Here Comes The Space Station

If you’re loath to get up at dawn to see the International Space Station (ISS) I don’t blame you. For an eclipse or meteor shower, yes, but probably not the ISS. The good news is that you only have to wait a bit till it comes round to the evening sky. And that’s now! Now…
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Finally — A Super-Close Look At Ceres’ Brightest Spot

What a feast for the eye! Some of us have been waiting more than three years for this image. It’s the closest view yet of the brightest spot on Ceres, an asteroid and dwarf planet orbiting within the main asteroid belt. Once known as “Spot 5”, the scintillating splotch has since been named Cerealia Facula…
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12 New Moons For Jupiter Makes 79!

Galileo was the first person to see Jupiter’s moons. He eyeballed the four brightest through his small telescope on winter evenings in early 1610. When I was a boy Jupiter had 12 moons. More than 275 years passed before a fifth, Amalthea, was spotted in 1892. In the 1960s, a dozen were known. And by 2016,…
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Making Beauty With The Moon

Last night, we had a chance to see one of the finest conjunctions of the year. The moon and Venus looked incredible together. I happened to catch sight of the crescent just before sundown with Venus already bright and obvious 1½° to its left. Nearby, cirrus clouds caught the last solar rays and glowed with…
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