Lonely Heart Of The Southern Sky

The moon revolves around the Earth once every 27.3 days. As it does, its angle with respect to the sun and Earth constantly changes, causing to go through the familiar phases of crescent to full. Illustration by Minesweeper With clearing skies rolling in tonight, you might consider a stroll in the moonlight. The moon is now between…
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Wha’ Happened?

  So what’s become of 2008 TC3, the only asteroid ever predicted to hit the Earth? As of Tuesday morning, there’s been only one potential sighting by a pilot of a KLM airliner, who observed a brief flash shortly before the predicted impact time last night. An aviation meteorologist at the National Weather Service in…
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INCOMING — Watch Out! / Update

UPDATE 10/6 11 p.m.: A recent image of the asteroid 2008 TC3 taken an hour before predicted impact by Eric Allen of the Observatoire du Cegep de Trois-Rivieres, Champlain, Quebec, Canada and used with permission. The asteroid appears as a series of streaks because it was moving rapidly during each of the 10-second-long time exposures. More info below. Eric…
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12 Minutes Of Heaven

The clock was set for 5:15 a.m. this past Sunday morning, but I awoke before the alarm, and quietly turned it off. Slipping out of bed, I dressed and walked outside to a perfect starry sky. Visions of comets, Saturn and the eerie zodiacal light danced in my head. Like breath on cold glass, the zodiacal…
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News From A Messenger

The enormous Caloris Impact Basin photographed by Messenger during its first flyby last January. The spacecraft discovered evidence of volcanoes around the basin’s rim and an active magnetic field created by the planet’s churning core.The circular basin, created by an asteroid impact long ago, is one of the largest in the solar system. It measures…
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