NASA Orbiter Spots Beresheet Crash Landing On The Moon

You guys remember the Israeli mission to the moon? A privately-funded group sent the Beresheet (Genesis) spacecraft into lunar orbit earlier this year. The mission had been a success until the attempted landing in the Sea of Serenity on April 11, when the probe crashed due to a “manual command” entered into the probe’s computer…
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Something’s Munching On Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Weird things are happening around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS). The iconic red hurricane that’s been swirling around in the Jovian atmosphere for at least 350 years may be flaking away. Over the past week, winds and gases in the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) — one of two prominent, dark cloud belts striping the planet’s…
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Travel Far, See New Stars

As summer approaches, many of us like to get in a car or plane and travel to new places or spend time with distant friends and family. I recently returned from a trip to Fort Collins, Col. for my niece’s college graduation. We ate huevos rancheros, tramped around in the Rockies and talked in the…
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Follow The International Space Station To The Land Of The Midnight Sun

The International Space Station (ISS) spreads its wings across both evening and morning skies for northern hemisphere skywatchers this week. Normally, we see one or two passes at dusk or dawn, but twice a year around the solstice, you can see up to five successive appearances a night. Encore, encore! The first spell happens from…
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A Sputtering Sun Could Mean Auroras May 15-16

I sure wish I’d been up at 3 o’clock this morning. That’s when a surprise aurora hit. In a very short time, conditions went from a minor G1 storm to a strong G3. For several hours until around 6:30 a.m. CDT, the storm would have been visible (before twilight grew too bright) across the northern…
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