Click Play And See The Aurora Sizzle And Blaze In Real Time

We’ve often shared pictures and videos of the northern lights here, but wait till you see the latest video from Norwegian landscape photographer Ole Salmonsen. Salomonsen has been shooting still images and time-lapse video of the aurora for years. This week he posted a brand new movie of the aurora shot from late August through…
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Japan Launches Imaginative Mission To A Carbon-rich Asteroid

On Tuesday at 10:22 p.m. (CST) the Hayabusa 2 mission launched from Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. Destination: 1999 JU3, a C-type carbon-rich asteroid nearly 3,000 feet (900 meters) across. C-type space rocks are the most common and may have delivered some of the essential chemical building blocks important to the origin of life on Earth…
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This Amazing Short Film Will Put You In Outer Space

Wanderers, a short film by Erik Wernquist Sometimes just reveling in space imagery is enough. To go along for the ride and imagine visiting  the fantastic places our spaceships have traveled. Places we hope our descendants will see up close with their own eyes. This beautiful film by Erik Wernquist with words by the late…
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Trio Of Close Asteroid Encounters Begins Tonight With 2014 WC201

The steady pace of discovery of Earth-approaching asteroids in recent years means we’re treated to several close shaves nearly every month. Tonight, an 88 1/2-foot-wide (27 meters) space rock named 2014 WC201 will pass within 336,000 miles or 1.4 lunar distances of Earth around 10:52 p.m. (CST). That’s a comfortable distance, but it does remind…
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Happy Nights Adrift On The Moon’s Sea Of Showers

If you’re looking for a great little place to point a small telescope the next few nights, let me suggest Mare Imbrium, the largest of the lunar “seas”. That’s Latin for Sea of Showers or Sea or Rains. Lovely name. The last time it rained there was never. All the Moon’s seas are enormous basins…
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