Moon III Basks In The King’s Aura Tonight

Small telescope view of Jupiter’s moons. The biggest and brightest moon, Ganymede, lies to the right or west of the planet tonight June 24. Jupiter is the brilliant "star" low in the southeast from 11 o’clock on. A pair of steadily-held binoculars will reveal the moon as a small "star" next to the planet. A small telescope…
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Bedeviled By Dust

Many years ago I was hiking in the Sonoran desert in southern Arizona. I love bare rock and the plants and animals that tough it out in arid climates. It was extremely hot that afternoon so I sought shade. A shadow created by two large boulders nearby looked inviting. As I walked toward it, the quietude was suddenly…
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Don’t Step On My Brown, Damp Shoes

My shoes are still damp this morning from wandering around the yard last night looking for a good spot to set up my tripod. Early on I wanted to photograph the two Iridium satellite flares. Jupiter beckoned later, and inspired me to carry the scope onto the lawn for a better view. Iridium 33 flares last night June…
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A Duck-footed Scorpion? How So?

Duck on its feet — Photo by Ian Britton/Freephotos.com "It looks like a duck’s foot," my older daughter remarked after I pointed out the Head of the Scorpion to her the other night. And she was right. I’d never seen it that way before. That’s the way constellations are. You learn the "official" patterns but…
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A Fabulous Disappearing Act

Small lumps of ice in the lower left corner of the trench (left image) taken on June 15have disappeared by June 19 (right). There are other more subtle changes in the white material, likely ice, at top. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Texas A&M University The ice chunks cometh! NASA released new photos yesterday showing small lumps…
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