Surprise Aurora Tonight — Weird And Wonderful!

Earlier this afternoon, the aurora forecast didn’t indicate much happening over the next two nights. But by early evening a new forecast popped into my e-mail that made me sit up straight. A G2 moderate storm was already underway. Since it was still too light out to see anything, I finished dinner and waited for darkness to arrive. At…
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Curiosity Rover Sends A Moving Panorama

Look around and get the lay of the land. Mars land. Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360° color panorama from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. The rover used its Mast Camera (Mastcam) to capture more than 130 images on Aug. 5, 2016 during the…
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Kiss Of Aurora In The North Tonight

Walking the dog this evening I noticed the northern horizon aglow with aurora. Once Sammy was back in her kennel and happily munching on a milk bone, I found a better view and brought a camera. A low, smooth arc only about 5° (half a fist) high stretched from northeast to northwest. Judging by altitude, the arc’s edge…
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Are You Ready To Find The 8th Planet? Here’s How

I’m going to ask you to attempt something you might think is beyond your ability. Find the planet Neptune. It’s out the next clear night, and all you need is a reasonably dark sky and pair of ordinary binoculars. On Friday the planet reaches opposition, the point in its orbit when it lines up with…
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A New Way To See The Aurora: Real-Time By Drone

Northern Lights over Iceland taken by Oli Haukur. Click HERE if you can’t see the video full-screen. Breathtaking. That’s how it feels watching this new real-time video of a spectacular northern lights display over Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula. What makes it special? It was shot by drone. Camera sensors have improved incredibly in the past few years.…
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