Curiosity ChemCam NASA_FEA

Curiosity Rover Ramps Up For Road Trip To Glenelg

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Glenelg we go! Scientists with the Mars mission have chosen Curiosity’s first exploration destination, a little place nicknamed Glenelg (after a village in Scotland) near the base of an  alluvial fan of sedimentary rocks, dirt and sand. Alluvial fans are common on Earth as streams flowing from mountains or canyons…
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Mars interactive panoramaS

Be There With Curiosity In This Wicked Interactive Panorama

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to stand on Mars and look around in all directions, wonder no more. Click on the photo to view a high-definition, interactive panorama of the Martian landscape pieced together with photos made by Curiosity’s navigation cameras. Since the images were taken from atop the nearly 7-foot tall mast,…
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Venus moon occultation Aug13_2012 BEFORE_FEA

Three Planets And A Smile At Dawn

I hope some of you got to see Venus alongside the crescent moon yesterday afternoon. The view through binoculars was simply amazing.  Venus was brilliant compared to the dull moon. Though the moon was officially brighter — magnitude -9 vs. -4.5 for Venus — the planet’s surface brightness was far higher because it’s wrapped in…
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Crescent sand bar Lester River mouthS_FEA

See The Crescent Moon Hide Venus This Afternoon

The Perseid meteors still have some spunk! Observers worldwide reported a sharp rise in activity between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  CDT (when it was dark in Asia) Sunday. Rates hit over 100 meteors an hour during that time. A good show was still in progress last night, finally tapering off some during early morning…
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Moon Venus Orion Aug13FEA

Perseid Report, Curiosity Spies Old Riverbed And Winter Arrives At Dawn

It’s not much of a Perseid photo, but it’s all I’ve got to show from last night. Conditions were far from ideal in Duluth for the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. Lots of high clouds snuffed out the fainter meteors. Around 1 a.m. as rates were picking up, heavier clouds rolled in and I…
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