Hubble’s Jupiter — Whipped Cream With A Cherry On Top

If you had clear skies this week, you probably noticed the big, bright moon next to the big, bright planet Jupiter. Jupiter drew closest to the Earth on April 8 and now appears brighter in the night sky than at any other time in the year. Not only are beginners and amateurs alike pointing telescopes…
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Full Pink Moon Blooms Near Jupiter Monday Night

Spring wildflowers start popping up everywhere this month, the reason April’s full moon has pink in its name. Wild ground phlox or moss pink is one of the early flowers as are skunk cabbage, cowslips and hepaticas. And let’s not forget dandelions! In the spirit of the bloom, you can watch the Pink Moon rise tomorrow night…
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Moon Steps On The Lion’s Paws Tonight

The moon’s getting brighter and brighter as its phase fills out this week. I can tell because it’s easier to spot my black dog on our nightly walk. Instead of blending into the darkness, she’s an inky shape against the moonlit road. Moonlight’s a strange thing. We’ve lost most of our snow cover as the…
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Venus Returns At Dawn / Sun Gets Busy

Back so soon? Venus, lately of the evening sky, has returned to view in the morning sky after speeding north of the sun during conjunction on March 25. The transition from morning to evening is swift because the planet is between the Earth and sun and relatively close to us — about 26 million miles.…
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Juno’s Latest Greatest Jupiter Views

The photos from the March 27 close flyby of Juno have arrived, so enjoy the sights from planet five! Juno skimmed just 2,700 miles (4,400 km) over Jupiter’s cloud tops on March 27 to take these photos of the south pole. So many swirls, each a spinning storm cell — it feels like looking down on…
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