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Demon Star Has Its Eye On You Tonight

Better look over your shoulder. Algol, the Demon Star, will be giving you a clever wink tonight. What’s it up to, you wonder? This evening (Nov. 24th) across North American time zones, the star will perform one its famous fades and recoveries. Algol’s an eclipsing binary star 93 light years from Earth in the constellation of…
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Worried about clouds rolling in during tonight's total lunar eclipse? Me too. Using the resources below, you might just find a sucker hole. Credit: Bob King

Cloudy Or Clear? Forecasting Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Are you in the same boat I am? Tonight’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy during most of the total lunar eclipse and then clearing after midnight. Now that’s just cruel. But who knows? Maybe with the right tools, we just might find a clear spot. While planning to see a big astronomical event like an eclipse,…
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The last total lunar eclipse visible across the U.S. occurred on April 15 this year. Sunday's eclipse will be the final of four lunar eclipses spaced about 6 months apart called a tetrad. Credit: Bob King

Here’s The Scoop On Sunday’s Supermoon Eclipse

A wonderful event will take place this Sunday, September 27-28. That night skywatchers across the Americas, Europe and Africa will witness a total eclipse of the moon. And here’s the thing. Two things really. Well, OK, three things. First – it happens during convenient evening viewing hours. Second, it’s the Harvest Moon and third, it’s the…
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Double Eclipse Of The Sun / Watch For Aurora Tonight Sept. 14

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) photographed a unique event never viewed from Earth — two eclipses of the sun on the same day! The observatory, which has been observing the sun in both visible and extreme ultraviolet light since 2010, resides in the geosynchronous belt of satellites 22,238 miles high. SDO witnessed the rare double eclipse on September 13…
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Moon Turns Red As Earth Turns To Face The Morning Sun

I love eclipses and still find it amazing we can predict them with such accuracy. We saw a beauty earlier today, the third of the tetrad that will wrap up with the September 28th total eclipse. Many eclipse watchers stood at the pivot of the celestial seesaw this morning. As dawn bloomed at our backs, the moon teetered…
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