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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Evening Space Station Passes Get Us Over Winter’s Hump

The big, bright, bodacious International Space Station is back again in the evening sky. And it’s arrived at hump-time, when we slowly transition from the core of winter to its skin. Starting this evening and continuing through mid-February, you’ll either spy the space station by accident as in “hey, what’s that really bright light moving…
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‘White Stork’ Chases The Space Station

If you live in mid-northern latitudes, which includes much of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, this has been a great month for spying the International Space Station (ISS) at dusk. If you live in the southern hemisphere, the station has been zipping by at dawn. Those passes continue this week with a new wrinkle.…
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