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Venus And Jupiter Bring It On / Aurora Forecast Tonight

The waxing gibbous moon dominates the evening sky, but with luck we may see the aurora tonight. On October 22 the Sun cut loose with a CME or coronal mass ejection that’s expected to side-swipe the planet. A minor G1 storm is expected to start this afternoon and continue overnight. Because of the moonlight, the…
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And Then There Were Four! Elusive Mercury Joins The Dawn Planet Parade

No question about it. Mercury can be shy. There are only a few times a year when the innermost planet puts in an appearance for observers in mid-northern latitudes. Since it never gets far from the sun, the angle at which it rises (or sets) has to be steep enough to clear the horizon haze.…
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Moon-Planet Bash This Week – 6 Conjunctions In 3 Days!

A major planetary traffic jam’s about to unfold before dawn starting Thursday. In the space of three mornings — from October 8-11 — four planets, the moon and the star Regulus will participate in six separate conjunctions. Here’s how it will play out. Time are shown in UT / Greenwich Mean Time and Central Daylight and 1°…
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NASA estimates that the MESSENGER spacecraft will crash into Mercury this afternoon at 3:26 p.m. EDT near the 30-mile-wide crater Janacek on the opposite side of the planet from Earth. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Time To Kill The MESSENGER – NASA Probe Crashes Into Mercury Today

Mercury got a brand new crater today. At 2:26 p.m. this afternoon (CDT) NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft plowed into the planet and excavated a 52-foot-wide crater in a flash of light. The spacecraft was out of sight and communication during the impact, since it occurred on the far side of the planet as seen from Earth. Roughly 30…
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MESSENGER To Crash Into Mercury, Blast A Crater

See that little dot down in the trees? That’s Mercury. In just a matter of days, it will sport a brand new crater as large as 52 feet (16 meters) across. How do we know? NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, the first to orbit the planet, has run out of  fuel. With no way to boost itself into a higher…
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