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Tonight’s Full Hunter’s Moon — Peppered With Buckshot?

Clear skies forecast tonight?  Don’t miss the rising of the Full Hunter’s Moon around sunset in the eastern sky. Coincidentally, the planet Uranus will be at opposition or closest to the Earth today. A planet at opposition lies directly opposite the sun in the sky, rising in the east at the same time the sun goes down…
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Cool Stuff To See On The Moon Tonight With Binoculars

We’ll have an awesome moon standing up in the south at twilight this evening. It’s in waxing gibbous phase between half and full and spending the night in Sagittarius the archer. If you’ve got a few minutes and pair of binoculars, some really nice craters and seas will be in view. Even 7x binoculars will show the larger…
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Moon’s Black Eye Recalls A Realm Of ‘Lost Giants’

Looking through a telescope, the moon’s countless craters are the first thing that catches the viewer’s attention. Created by meteoric impacts, the bowl-shaped blasts attest to a much earlier and incredibly violent bombardment of the moon’s surface by millions of meteorites and small asteroids. Meanwhile the large, dark “eyes” of the Man in the Moon…
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Over 700 miles across, Mare Imbrium (Sea of Rains) is the largest lunar sea. Its roughly circular shape is defined by a series of mountains ranges just coming into good view tonight and the next few nights. Credit: Joseph Brimacombe

Share An Evening With The First Quarter Moon

I’m a tireless moon booster. There are just so many ways of enjoying our only natural satellite. Whether walking by its light, trying to discern a rabbit, woman or man in that shiny ball or roving across its crater-riddled regolith (lunar soil) with binoculars and telescope, the moon is multi-dimensional. Tonight it’s at half or first quarter phase,…
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New View Of Ceres Conical Mountain A Puzzler

What is going on with that mountain? New images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from its new, lower science orbit of just 915 miles (1,470 km) reveal fresh and puzzling details on the conical mountain that towers 4 miles (6 km) high over the dwarf planet Ceres. Its slopes show bright streaks, the top appears fractured, but…
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