Meteor Allure! Leonid Shower Peaks Nov. 17-18

Ah, November. What better time to ease into a reclining chair, look up and enjoy a few flashing meteors. As long as you remember to get up the hour before dawn and dress warmly! The annual Leonid meteor shower will deliver 10-15 meteors an hour when it peaks this coming Tuesday and Wednesday mornings (Nov. 17-18)…
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Tune In To The Orionids, Brought To You By Halley’s Comet

Remember Halley’s Comet? It’s more than 3.1 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth, but it’s influence will be felt this week when dust deposited by the comet along its orbit comes crashing into our atmosphere as the Orionid meteor shower. Those teeny rocks will be moving fast, too. Orionids race in at 148,000 miles an hour…
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The Zodiacal Light Invites You Out Tonight

Sunrise still comes early but not so early that you can’t find a way to view one of early fall’s most fascinating phenomena, the zodiacal light. It shows up best about a half hour before the start of dawn in the eastern sky. What am I talking about? Comet dust … with a bit of asteroid…
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Rosetta’s Comet Undergoes Dramatic Outburst

Just 9 days after making its closest approach to the sun, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko underwent a dramatic outburst. A crack or hole in its crust allowed a bottled-up bubble of dust-laden gas to spew into space in a grand display. Comets, being made of ice and dirt, shed most heavily when nearest the sun as 67P/C-G was…
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Meet The Most Beautiful Comet You’ll Never See, C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS

C/2014 Q1 PanSTARRS may well go down as one the prettiest comets of 2015. Like a dandelion seed in the breeze, the comet slowly drifts toward the western horizon at dusk these winter nights. You read that correctly — winter. While the comet may be visible in “low” equatorial latitudes, it’s best placed for those living Down…
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