Iridium Madness And A New Look At The Neigborhood

Night owls have lots of opportunities for spotting those flashy Iridium satellites over the next week. Check the table below for times (to the second), how high and in what direction to look, and satellite brightness. Date Time Direction Altitude Brilliance Satellite # May 11 11:00:27 p.m. West Low Spectacular Iridium 65 May 12 10:54:31…
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Flat Is Where It’s At

Looking west around 9:30-10 p.m. tonight — created with Stellarium If you haven’t yet found the planet Mars this season, you can use the moon to guide you there tonight. As an added bonus, the two bright stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini, add sparkle to the celestial gathering. The moon, the sun and…
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Show And Tell

The Milky Way last night from dark, rural skies. – Bob King/News Tribune One of the small joys of being photo editor at the News Tribune is sharing the day’s photos in a "show and tell" display at our afternoon budget meetings. This is when we decide what stories will go on page one and the local news covers.…
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To The Southern Cross As The Crow Flies

A May night in Key West, Florida — created with Stellarium Wow, the moon was fine last night. An unexpected clearing revealed a thin, crisp crescent in the fading twilight around 8:45 p.m. By 9, Mercury was easy to see directly below it. My daughter and I stopped on our walk to admire the scene…
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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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