Asteroid 2017 GM Misses Earth By 9,942 Miles / Comet Lovejoy Still Cookin’

I hope you had pleasant dreams overnight. In one of mine, I couldn’t get my shoe tied right. Glad I woke up from that one. While many of us slept, a tiny near-Earth asteroid named 2017 GM passed exceptionally close to Earth, just 9,942 (15,000 km) miles overhead at 5:31 a.m. CDT (10:31 UT). That…
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Venus Returns At Dawn / Sun Gets Busy

Back so soon? Venus, lately of the evening sky, has returned to view in the morning sky after speeding north of the sun during conjunction on March 25. The transition from morning to evening is swift because the planet is between the Earth and sun and relatively close to us — about 26 million miles.…
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Juno’s Latest Greatest Jupiter Views

The photos from the March 27 close flyby of Juno have arrived, so enjoy the sights from planet five! Juno skimmed just 2,700 miles (4,400 km) over Jupiter’s cloud tops on March 27 to take these photos of the south pole. So many swirls, each a spinning storm cell — it feels like looking down on…
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Aurora Won’t Quit, Returns For Fourth Night

Since Monday night, we’ve had one display of northern lights after another. Nothing sky-climbing-grand but quite respectable in a Downton Abbey sort of way. Tonight for instance, a few faint glows and patches flickered on and off in the northern sky in Cassiopeia and Cepheus. Among the faintest aurorae I’d ever seen, I didn’t think it…
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Grab Your Binoculars, See New Comet Lovejoy At Dawn

Like the first spring wildflower to pop up from the flattened grass and mud, a newly discovered comet now graces the sky at dawn. Discovered on March 9 by Terry Lovejoy of Australia, it was a faint fuzzy spot in Sagittarius when he first happened on it. Since then, the comet’s brightened rapidly and is…
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