Surprise In The Sky: Aurora Last Night, Maybe More Tonight

With the moon filling out these nights, seeing northern lights gets harder. Last night, there was a chance of a small storm starting around 1 a.m. (Central time). I happened to be out on a gravel road looking up faint supernovae in the telescope. When I first arrived at this wonderful bit of nowhere around…
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Triangles For Lunatics, Crater Riot

If you missed last night’s amazing occultation, the moon has more in store tonight. Look up at dusk and you’ll see three very different objects form a right triangle high in the southwestern sky. The moon occupies one corner and the Jupiter and Spica the others. Spica, the faintest of the three, is intrinsically the…
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Watch A Unique ‘Two-Step’ Occultation Of Porrima Tonight

We had an almost-occultation when the moon passed very close to the bright star Regulus three nights ago. Tonight, the dark advancing edge of the half-moon will occult Porrima, also known as γ Virginis, for the eastern half of North America and part of the Caribbean during the early evening hours. At the same time, the moon…
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How To Photograph The August 21 Total Solar Eclipse

As a semi-seasoned eclipse veteran — I’ve traveled to five total eclipses, three of which were clear — I recommend that you take no photos at all. Just watch the spectacle unfold above you. Absorb every second. Total solar eclipses are not only rare for any particular locality, but when they do happen, the weather has…
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Betelgeuse Lets One Rip In Sharpest Image Ever

Infamously located in the armpit of Orion,  cherry red Betelgeuse is some 1,400 times larger than the sun and one of the largest stars currently known. Just so you know, the size of Betelgeuse depends up the color or wavelength of light in which it’s photographed. This latest picture was made by the ALMA array…
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