Watch The 1900 Total Solar Eclipse In The Oldest Surviving Astro Movie

Total solar eclipse over North Carolina 1900 Who knew? This recording of a May 28, 1900 total solar eclipse is believed to be the first surviving astronomical film in the world. The clip, captured by the British magician and film maker John Nevil Maskelyne, was recently rediscovered in the archive of the Royal Astronomical Society.…
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Pall Of Wildfire Smoke Dims Sun, Smudges Stars / Starlink Satellite ‘Train’ Update

It must have been a premonition. In an astronomy talk on Tuesday I encouraged the group to make good use of every clear night before smoke from Canadian forest fires smudges out the stars. That very evening the pall arrived. Sure, it made for a fiery orange ball of a sunset sun, but since then…
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June Means Jupiter At Its Brightest And Closest

Maybe you’ve already noticed that bright star low in the southeastern sky around bedtime. That’s Jupiter, the biggest planet and a welcome sight in the evening sky. For months now, Mars has been the only planetary presence, and it’s been fading away in the west like a cooling ember. Jupiter has come to save the…
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How To See The Insanely Amazing Starlink Satellite ‘Train’

SpaceX Starlink satellites viewed from the Netherlands on May 24, 2019 / Marco Langbroek I’d seen the video and read the reports, but that still didn’t prepare me for the sight of 60 satellites — yes, 60 — chugging along in a straight line last night. Launched on May 23, they were only the first…
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Help NASA Find A Safe Sampling Spot On Bouldery Bennu

Want to hunt rocks on an asteroid 84 million miles away? NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu needs extra pairs of eyes to help pick a safe sampling site and to look for other curiosities. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been at Bennu since Dec. 3, 2018, mapping the asteroid in detail, while the mission team…
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