A Case Of Conjunction-Itis / Mars Dust Storm Global But Weakening

Over the next week, the waxing and then waning moon will pass three bright planets — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. First to get a visit will be Jupiter both tonight and tomorrow night (June 23). Saturn follows on June 27 and Mars on the 30th. The moon moves faster across the sky because it’s so…
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Juno Discovers That Jupiter’s Lightning Is Like Earth’s

Summer’s coming. For the western hemisphere it starts bright and early Thursday June 21 at 5:07 a.m. (Central Time). The heat of the season fuels the formation of thunderstorms. Last night, I drove home through one, with sudden downpours and lightning that lit up the sky like popping flash bulbs. Earth’s not the only planet…
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When Stars Touch The Earth

A couple nights ago I spent several hours looking at one the night sky’s finest deep sky objects, the Great Hercules Cluster, along with a bunch of faint galaxies you can hop to from the cluster. If you’re interested in exploring this area of the sky with your telescope, you can read about it here. Whenever…
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All In A Day’s Sky / Full Flower Moon Tonight

First, I want to remind you to look for the Full Flower Moon both tonight and tomorrow night.. Perfect timing. I’ve seen plenty of different flowers in the past couple weeks including bloodroot, anemone, nodding trillium, marsh marigold and several varieties of violets. The reason we have two nights of full moonness has to do…
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Mars Rover Drills Into ‘Duluth’ And The Moon Joins Jupiter

Last week, we visited the 3-foot slab of rock the Mars Curiosity rover team named “Duluth.” The rover’s drill, which bores a hole in rocks and then gathers up a sample of the tailing for analysis, has had mechanical problems since October 2016. Engineers cooked up a new way to drill called Feed Extending Drilling…
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