Artist concept of planet Earth's last happy day before a strike by an asteroid. Credit: NASA

Does A Rogue Asteroid Threaten Earth Next Month? Nope

The doomsday crowd’s¬†up to to their usual shenanigans again. Maybe some of you have seen predictions on websites about an asteroid expected to strike Earth between September 15 and 28. According to the rumor, the impact will occur near Puerto Rico and wreak¬†catastrophic destruction not only to the island but also the Atlantic and Gulf…
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The Ghost Of Comet Elenin Haunts The Morning Sky

For those of you who checked yesterday’s blog, you already know that the German ROSAT (Roentgen X-ray satellite) burned up in the atmosphere last night between 8:45 and 9:15 p.m. CDT. To the best of my knowledge, after digging around various websites, it appears to have come down over the Indian Ocean north of the…
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Tears For Comet Elenin, But There’s More To Life

Time to catch up on the news. The sun is positively peppered with sunspot groups but they’ve been mostly well-behaved with few flares to shows for so much spottiness. Just the same, there’s a good chance for minor auroras across the northern U.S. and Canada this evening from something else in the sun’s bag of…
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Did Distant Comets Quench A Thirsty Earth?

A beautiful, bright sun shines outside my window this morning. It was preceded by the setting moon and the onset of dawn, both of which I saw while hunting for Comet Elenin. In the briefest of intervals, I watched the sky go dark around 5:45 a.m. and then the lights slowly come back up with…
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Comet Elenin Sighted In The Morning Sky

Amateur astronomers have been busy the past few mornings with telescopes and cameras searching for what’s left of Comet Elenin. I’m aware of at least a half-dozen attempts to see the comet, all but one of which resulted in a negative or uncertain result. Leonid Elenin’s photograph posted in my Oct. 6 blog may possibly…
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