MOM Sees Mars In 3D

Not long after India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) successfully put itself in orbit about the Red Planet in late September, the spacecraft took this 3D image and tweeted: “What sorcery is this? Get your 3D glasses to look at Mars the way I do.” The photo is a combination of images taken on September 28…
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Total Lunar Eclipse – What A Beauty!

I hope your sky was clear for the total lunar eclipse. It sure wasn’t here. A big bank of clouds moved in before totality. I was shocked when I looked at the window to see a clear sky in the east and not a single star – or moon – in the west. That’s why…
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Lunar Eclipse Photo Tips, Times, Live Streams

Ready for Wednesday’s morning lunar eclipse? Some people – and I envy them at times – treat an eclipse more casually. They enjoy the show with no desire to set up a telescope or take a photo. For those of us can’t part with our cameras, here’s a little guide to help you get better…
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Poor Uranus – We Won’t Forget You, I Promise

Poor Uranus. So dim it barely gets noticed. A lost soul. But every year at opposition, it’s nice to give the 7th planet its due. Uranus will be closest to the Earth on Tuesday October 7 at “just” 1.8 billion miles (2.9 billion km) or 19 times the Earth’s distance from the sun. Understandably, the…
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Nearby Red Dwarf Star Unleashes X100,000 Superflare

Sometimes big things come in small packages. Last April, DG CVn, a red dwarf star only one-third the size of the sun, cut loose with a flare 10,000 times more powerful than any solar flare ever recorded. The sun’s grandest was an X 45 on November 4, 2003 which happily was directed off its western…
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