Old Moon Meets Saturn At Dawn / Mars Rivals Antares

Saturn’s back! I spotted the ringed one low in the southeastern sky around 6:15 Friday morning. It’s the final runner in a planetary relay race that starts with Jupiter in the south and Mars in the southeast. Saturn takes the baton to the dawn finish line. Because of its low altitude you might not notice…
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Juno Eyes Jupiter A 10th Time / Space Station Plies Evening Sky

Swirls, storms and belts, oh my! NASA released several new photos recently from the Juno spacecraft’s tenth close flyby of Jupiter on Dec. 16, 2017. Juno travels in a highly elongated orbit around Jupiter once every 53 days. For just two hours during that time, it loops in close to the planet’s polar regions to…
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Close Conjunctions Make Us Wonder: Do Planets Occult Planets?

If there’s such a thing as a pleasant 18 below zero morning, today was it. Mars and Jupiter mesmerized. The two were so close they looked identical to a double star viewed in a telescope. How fun to just look up and split them with eyes alone. My friend Greg, who lives in northern Wisconsin,…
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Mars And Jupiter RSVP

I mentioned the Jupiter-Mars conjunction up a couple days ago, but figured it was worth another reminder. Tomorrow, (Sat. Jan. 6) and Sunday morning, Jan. 7, they’ll be closest in the dawn sky. The two planets were just ⅔° apart earlier today; for the next two mornings, their separation will be less than half that.…
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Busy Skies At Dawn: Quads Meteor Shower, Mars Swoops By Jupiter

Hope you got irradiated by the bright supermoon on New Year’s night. Clouds blocked the moonrise by me but for only about 15 minutes. Soon, the moon triumphantly broke into view and blazed all night long. High clouds gave it a soft, yellow ruff early. Later, a phenomenal ice crystal halo developed with the supermoon…
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