Real-life Tatooines Found Since The Release Of Star Wars

Evocative. Soul-stirring. Who can forget the moment Luke Skywalker walks from his igloo-abode, kicks the sand in frustration and then stops to watch the sunset from his home planet Tatooine in Star Wars. This is no ordinary sunset. We look out across the desert landscape at twin suns, one white, one yellow, that feels familiar and yet alien. The…
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Geminid Meteors Dazzle For The Holidays

Forget about Internet deals, 20% off and 2 for the price of 1. I need some commercial-free enjoyment. You too?  Lucky us. This weekend the annual Geminid meteor shower should put on a splendid show with up to 120 meteors visible per hour from a dark sky site. 100 years ago, the Geminid shower was a modest affair with 20-30…
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Highest Resolution Pluto Photos Start Flowing In

And these are only the first of the highest resolution, sharpest images to be sent back. More are on the way. The photos are part of a sequence taken around the time of New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto last July, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel, revealing features less than half the size of a…
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Swooning For The Moon And Comet Catalina

The moon’s been killer beautiful the past couple mornings. As the waning crescent has grown ever slender, the earthshine has become ever more amazing. Earthshine is the faint illumination filling out the remainder of the lunar disk caused by sunlight reflected from the Earth to the moon and back. I hate to see the crescent go —…
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Pictures And Videos Of The Venus-Comet-Moon Get-Together

Clouds, clouds and more clouds. No seeing the beautiful conjunction of Venus and the crescent moon at dawn this morning from my abode. Or watching the bright planet disappear behind the moon’s dull limb. I hope you did better. Either way, here are a few photos of what some of us missed. Enjoy! Video of…
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