Lunar Triangle / Departing Venus Runs Into Mercury

After a busy weekend watching moonrises and lunar halos a guy needs a break. Today we catch our breath, astronomically speaking, so we can prepare for an exciting moon-star-planet conjunction and the return of Mercury on Tuesday. We’re now on UUT, universally unwanted time, better known as daylight saving time.  Studies have shown that DST…
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Welcome Arcturus!

I really shouldn’t be surprised anymore. But I always am when I see the fiery bright star Arcturus appear in the east on midwinter evenings. Surprised because Arcturus is more closely associated with spring, especially the month of June, when it sails high in the southern sky when sultry twilight finally gives way to night.…
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Asteroid Sample Mission Sends First Jupiter Pix, Searches For Earth Trojans

En route to the asteroid Bennu, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx space probe captured this image of Jupiter and three of its moons. It make look plain vanilla, but consider that the spacecraft was 76 million miles (122 million km) from Earth and 418 million miles (673 million km) from Jupiter on Feb. 12, when the photo was…
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Journey To Jupiter In 1,000 Images — A Remarkable Video

Feel like getting the heck outta town? Enjoy a soothing and thought-provoking rendezvous with the planet Jupiter in this amazing video made from more than 1,000 images taken by 91 amateur astronomers around the world between December 19, 2014 and March 31, 2015. Some of the images you’ve probably seen in this blog, but only…
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Penumbral Charm / Moon’s Next Move / Jupiter’s Curly Top

Who knew shadows could be so cool? Especially one half-flooded with sunlight! Hopefully you got to see at least part of yesterday’s penumbral lunar eclipse. Seeing any full moon rise is a pleasure, but this one had the added benefit of Earth’s shadow. The shading was subtle at first but became increasingly obvious as the…
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