Northern Lights May Show Three Nights In A Row

Seems every night I go out this month there’s some aurora smoldering away in the northern sky. Now, NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting G1 or minor storms tonight through Friday night from early evening till around midnight for the U.S. and Canada. Nothing big, but the aurora’s can’t-pin-me-down nature can sometimes mean bigger storms than expected or nothing…
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China’s Chang’e 3 Camera Still Snapping Photos From The Moon

Remember the Chinese Chang’e 3 mission to the moon in December 2013? Once alighting on the dusty surface on December 14, the golf cart-sized Yutu rover wheeled down the lander’s ramp to photograph the landscape, measure the soil composition and probe the lunar crust with ground-penetrating radar. Everything went well until a mechanical malfunction stopped the rover in its tracks…
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And Then There Were Four! Elusive Mercury Joins The Dawn Planet Parade

No question about it. Mercury can be shy. There are only a few times a year when the innermost planet puts in an appearance for observers in mid-northern latitudes. Since it never gets far from the sun, the angle at which it rises (or sets) has to be steep enough to clear the horizon haze.…
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Falling Leaves, Free-falling Space Station

What’s that big, bright, moving light in the sky at dusk? Chances are it’s the International Space Station (ISS). The world’s largest and brightest satellite returns for easy viewing during early evening hours this month. The ISS snuck up on me several evenings ago while I was out photographing the northern lights. Great to see it back beaming…
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New Horizons Discovers ‘Nothin’ But Blue Skies’ At Pluto

“Nothin’ but blue skies from now on”. So goes the famous song and so goes Pluto. The last place I’d think to look for earthly blue skies would be Pluto. But then who expected glacial lakes and red hydrocarbon snow flurries 3 billion miles from Earth? NASA’s New Horizons sent the first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric…
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