First Photo Of A Baby Jupiter 96 Light Years Away

Hey, that’s a real exoplanet! A team of astronomers using the Gemini Planet Imager on the 315-inch (8-meter) Gemini South telescope in Chile have taken the first photograph of a young exoplanet that resembles our own solar system’s Jupiter both in size and orbit. The planet, named 51 Eridani b, orbits the star 51 Eridani in the winding constellation…
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Perseids Put On A Thrilling Show … And They’re Not Done Yet

I’m hoping you all had a chance to spy some Perseids this week. If weather was a problem, take heart. The shower will continue, although with reduced numbers, over the next several nights. Thunderstorms visited my neck of the woods for last night’s peak activity, but the sky cleared just in time this morning (3:30 a.m.)…
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Day Of The Dueling Crescents: Venus Vs. The Moon

Did you know there are two crescents in the sky right now? One is the dawn lunar crescent, the other, the planet Venus, shining straight up near the sun right in the middle of the day. I slept through this morning’s lunar sickle moon, but set up my telescope this afternoon to view the Venusian version. Venus looks absolutely amazing…
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Midnight Odyssey Bags Early-Bird Perseids

Uh-oh. Looks like bad weather Wednesday night for northern Minnesota. That’s the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Maybe you’re faced with the same prospect. If so, do like I did. Peek before the peak! Exceptional skies made for fine casual viewing with the shower flinging meteors here and there for the taking. Rates weren’t anywhere…
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The Fabulous Perseids Peak This Week

Are you ready for the year’s most relaxing meteor shower? Me too. The annual Perseid shower peaks Wednesday night – Thursday morning (August 12-13) when up to 50-100 meteors will flash by per hour. No telescope needed, not even a pair of binoculars. Meteor showers are for everyone no matter your skill level. The only requirements are…
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