Close Conjunctions Make Us Wonder: Do Planets Occult Planets?

If there’s such a thing as a pleasant 18 below zero morning, today was it. Mars and Jupiter mesmerized. The two were so close they looked identical to a double star viewed in a telescope. How fun to just look up and split them with eyes alone. My friend Greg, who lives in northern Wisconsin,…
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Mars And Jupiter RSVP

I mentioned the Jupiter-Mars conjunction up a couple days ago, but figured it was worth another reminder. Tomorrow, (Sat. Jan. 6) and Sunday morning, Jan. 7, they’ll be closest in the dawn sky. The two planets were just ⅔° apart earlier today; for the next two mornings, their separation will be less than half that.…
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NASA’s Next “Hubble” Will See 100x More Sky

Do you drool over Hubble Space Telescope photos like I do? The color, clarity and level of detail astound. Of course, it helps that the scope does its work above the blurring effects of Earth’s atmosphere. What makes the images even more amazing is that Hubble’s field of view — the little circle of sky…
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Busy Skies At Dawn: Quads Meteor Shower, Mars Swoops By Jupiter

Hope you got irradiated by the bright supermoon on New Year’s night. Clouds blocked the moonrise by me but for only about 15 minutes. Soon, the moon triumphantly broke into view and blazed all night long. High clouds gave it a soft, yellow ruff early. Later, a phenomenal ice crystal halo developed with the supermoon…
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Happy New Year’s Supermoon!

We start the year with an astronomical bang — a big, bright supermoon on New Year’s Night. January’s full moon, called the Wolf Moon, also happens to be the new year’s closest full moon of the year. Exceptionally close full moons have come to be called supermoons because they appear brighter and bigger than the…
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