Fly You To The Moon

Earthrise over the moon — NASA/Apollo Want to get a taste of flying to the moon? The Planetary Society is working with NASA to collect names to send to the moon on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The names will be put on a microchip and affixed to the spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch later this year.…
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A Glimmer Of Summer

Vega and Lyra around 10 p.m. in early May — created with Stellarium Well, I tried to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower (see yesterday’s entry), but the sky was cloudy at 3 a.m. Yes, it was clear at midnight, and yes, it was clear at dawn. Must have been a plot by those southern hemisphere…
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A Little Shower For An Early Hour

Look southeast Monday morning between 3-4:30 a.m. for the meteor shower The Clear Sky Chart for the Duluth area forecasts clear skies latetonight. If you’re up before dawn tomorrow (Monday) morning, you mightbe able to see a few Eta Aquarid meteors. The peak of this modestmeteor shower occurs on May 5. The radiant point, or…
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Three Planets For Thee

Three planets for your pleasure tonight: Mercury, Mars and Saturn Skies will clear off tonight providing some welcome relief after yesterday’s night’s deluge. See if you can find the three evening planets — Mercury, Mars and Saturn. Go out around 9:15-30 p.m. during twilight. You’ll need a place with an open horizon to the northwest to…
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Saturn Crackles With Lightning

Clouds have taken over the night skies of late but clearing is in the offing for tomorrow and Sunday. A good time to get re-acquainted with Mars, Mercury (see entry two days ago) and Saturn. That’s a healthy lineup of evening planets. Lightning storm (white patch) imaged in regular color (left) and enhanced — NASA/JPL/SScI Saturn’s been…
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