Look! Up In The Sky! It’s A Bird. It’s A Plane. Wait, It’s Mercury And Venus At Their Closest!

I was amazed at how close and easy to see Mercury and Venus were last night so I took a picture to prove it. But the picture only hints at how cool these two planets looked together. And how easy they were to see. If it’s clear tonight, I encourage you to go out to…
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Comet Lovejoy’s Tail Gets Pinched / Let There Be (refracted) Light!

Looks like Comet Lovejoy got its locks trimmed again. A flutter of solar wind swung round the comet and pinched off its tail, an event captured in the dramatic photo above. You can already see a new tail growing in place. The solar wind, a dilute stream of electrons and protons blown free of the…
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Milky Way’s Black Hole Freaks Out, Has Record Flare

26,000 light years from your front door in the heart of the Milky Way galaxy lurks a black hole 4.5 million times more massive than the Sun. Every so often something strays too close to the massive abyss and gets sucked in – a star, rogue planet, asteroid or clots of interstellar gas and dust.…
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Surprise Auroral Storm / Comet Lovejoy Update / Jupiter,moon Tight Tonight

No one suspected it was coming, but this morning from about 3 a.m. till dawn (Central time) Earth’s magnetic bubble went bananas and busted out with auroras. At peak, the Kp index hit “7” for a G3 or strong geomagnetic storm. If only we’d known. The storm appears to have been sparked by a large…
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Hubble Takes Sharpest View Ever Of Andromeda Galaxy

The photo doesn’t look like much in this scrunched-up view, but I dare you to click it. When you do, you’ll get a good taste of the biggest Hubble Space Telescope image ever released. You’re looking at just one-third of the Andromeda Galaxy, the closest, large galaxy to the Milky Way. It shows over 100…
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