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Dinner Date With The Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) returned to the evening sky this week, making routine passes right around dinnertime. I saw one by accident two nights ago; the following night it cut directly across Orion’s Belt. It’s always fun to anticipate the arrival of the ISS at dusk, when it’s easy to get outside for a look compared…
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See The Alphabet From Orbit

My younger daughter took a digital photography class this past semester. One of her assignments was to photograph letters of the alphabet in nature. It was a fun exercise in learning to look for patterns in our environment, an essential skill in learning to capture great images. NASA writer and social media coordinator Adam Voiland wasn’t…
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Wait … Is That Santa Or The Space Station?

I see a bright light crossing the evening sky. Santa and his reindeer on a trial run? More likely the six-man crew of the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting 248 miles (400 km) up, where Santa would need a pressurized suit to make his annual hippity-hop around the globe. Many locations in both northern and…
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On the morning of Nov. 6, a thicker crescent passed abut 3° south of Jupiter. Click on the image for a larger version where you can see three of Jupiter's moon. Credit: Jonathan McElvery

Cool Conjunctions And More Auroras

Venus and the crescent moon met at dawn in the eastern sky this morning. I hope you saw this fine conjunction. Some, like Gary Froelich of New Mexico, got a free upgrade when the International Space Station (ISS) passed directly across the face of the moon! Auroras reached as far south as southern Minnesota and…
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Planetary Perambulations, Moon Brighten Dark November Morns

If you haven’t had your fill yet of dawn’s planetary perambulations, a smile of a crescent moon joins the fray for back-to-back conjunctions with Jupiter and Venus this week. On Friday morning, the moon slides 2° south of Jupiter; 24 hours later, it passes even closer to Venus, just 1.1° or two moon diameters. That’s…
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