What We’ll Learn From Monday’s Eclipse / Safe Filter Update / Weather

It’s been a busy week! If you’re making eclipse plans, much of the total eclipse path looks surprisingly good for weather. Extended forecasts in key places and regions like eastern Oregon, Casper, Wyo., western Nebraska, the Kansas City region, St. Louis, southern Illinois and Nashville all call for sunshine. The weather even looks good where I live…
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Space Station Makes July Dusk Debut

Just a reminder that the International Space Station (ISS) will be making evening passes for about the next two weeks for many areas in the northern hemisphere. It’s just getting warmed up late tonight with a post-midnight flyby; convenient evening viewing times start tomorrow. Once you know the time the ISS will pass over your…
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Observing Alert — Space Station Marathon Underway!

Astronauts conducted an emergency spacewalk earlier today to replace a failed computer that controlled the solar power system, radiators and other crucial equipment on the International Space Station (ISS). They had been using a backup, so everything’s thumps up now. I’ve read it’s hard work working in repairs outside the station, but the views are second…
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Spring Nights Sweeter With The Space Station

The northern lights should return for a second show tonight starting at nightfall and continuing through about 10 p.m. Central time. Last night’s display, lovely as it was, ended so quickly it took many aurora watchers by surprise. When seeking signs of the lights, keep an eye on the north. Almost every show begins with…
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Moon Hangs By A Fingernail Tonight

Barely there. That’s how you might describe the moon tonight. Only 22-25 hours old, one of the thinnest crescents you’ll ever see basks in orange glow of twilight this evening (Jan. 28). New Moon occurred yesterday at 6:07 Central time, making tonight’s crescent 23 hours old for Midwesterners, 22 hours for those out East, 24…
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