Celebrate (And Respect) Asteroids Today!

110 years ago today about 7:17 a.m. local time, an asteroid or comet streaked through the atmosphere and exploded over eastern Siberia near the Stony Tunguska River. Known since as the Tunguska event, the object left no crater. Instead it appears to have disintegrated at an altitude of 3 to 6 miles (5-10 km), creating…
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Moon And Fog Make A Magical Pair

Come late June, nights get humid. As the air cools, especially in low spots, water condenses to form ground fog. The cotton candy-like draperies over the fields at dusk are simply magical. Sometimes the fog hovers mere feet above the ground. On a few lucky nights, I’ve driven home through clear tunnels with the fog…
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′Oumuamua, First Interstellar Visitor, Turns Out To Be A Comet

Surprise! ′Oumuamua (oh-MOO-ah-MOO-ah), the first known interstellar object to travel through our solar system, appears to be a comet, not an asteroid. Using observations from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories, an international team of scientists have confirmed that there was something affecting its motion other than the gravitational force of the sun and planets. After…
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Saturn And The Strawberry Moon Have A Double Opposition

Skywatchers always look forward to oppositions. That’s when an outer planet lines up on the same side of the sun as the Earth, and the two are closest together for the year. For Saturn that day is Wednesday, June 27. The ringed planet will rise about sunset and shine all night long. Dropping by to…
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Final Rosetta Photos Show Comet 67P In ‘Chilling’ Detail

And the meek (and little guys) shall inherit the space age. Take a look at the photos and news that have flooded science journals, youtube and online blogs and astro sites about the small fry of the solar system, asteroids and comets. How lucky to live in this time when mere points of light through…
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