TV broadcast of President Nixon congratulating Apollo 11 astronauts on their successful moon landing. The call was made late on July 20, 1969 from the Oval Office.

What The Apollo Astronauts Saw In The Lunar Sky

Has it already been 43 years since we’ve been to the moon? I must be getting old because I can remember watching the first landing on our black and white portable TV when I was still in high school. Besides “being first in the space race” to set foot on our only satellite, the focus…
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Watch A Pink And Blue Sunset On Mars

Sunsets are gorgeous no matter what planet you’re standing on. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover pointed its high resolution mast camera at the setting Sun to capture this 4-image sequence shown below on April 15, the mission’s 956th Martian day. Don’t you just love the contrast between the pink solar disk and hazy blue sky? Back…
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Our featured constellations with the mythological outlines added. The cross now becomes a swan. Source: Stellarium

How To See Cygnus, A Cross You’ll Be Glad To Bear

Who hasn’t had to deal with an¬†unpleasant or difficult situation? A cross to bear? You won’t find that here. Only a starry companion just now emerging into the night sky. The summer stars are marching in, starting with Vega, that bright point of light twinkling in the northeastern sky even before night has fully ripened.…
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Most of the material from the May 13 coronal mass ejection on the Sun shot north and missed the Earth, but a small amount sprayed our way. Now, about two days later, it's expected to arrive and may  incite auroras. Credit: NASA/ESA

Aurora Alert / Space Station Temptation

The beat goes on! After a fine northern lights display Tuesday night, we may be in for another. On May 13, an explosion on the Sun sent a small, gift-wrapped package of speedy protons and electrons our way that’s expected to arrive early this evening over North America. NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting a…
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Asteroid earth approaching

Asteroid 2015 JF1 Tries To Put The Fright In Earth Tonight

At 6:52 (CDT) tomorrow morning, an asteroid discovered on May 12 by the Mt. Lemmon Survey near Tucson will make an unusually close flyby of Earth, passing just 186,410 miles (300,000 km) away. That’s closer than the moon! Named 2015 JF1, we needn’t worry about getting hit. The asteroid is not on a collision course;…
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