A bright, long earthgrazing Eta Aquarid meteor in 2013 burns out against a display of the northern lights. Credit: Bob King

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower Gets Underway!

Don’t look now but you may see a meteor or two flash by if you’re up in the wee hours tomorrow through the weekend.  It’s the peak of the annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower. If you live in the southern U.S. or tropics, up to 25-40 meteors per hour could fly by during during maximum on…
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The Cygnus spacecraft for the upcoming Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services-6 mission is encapsulated inside its payload fairing as it moves past the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is being moved to Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Credits: NASA/Dimitrios Gerondidakis

Spectacular Full Moon Launch Of Cygnus Ship To Space Station Tonight

A 7,700-lb. package of  food, fuel, parts and science experiments for the International Space Station is perched atop an Atlas V rocket ready to blast into orbit tonight (March 22) at 10:05 p.m. CDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Orbital ATK Cygnus commercial cargo mission will be the company’s fifth mission…
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Venus And Saturn On ‘Collision-course’ Conjunction

If you’ve been up at dawn this past week, you may have noticed a new planet in the morning sky. Saturn, King of the Rings, has returned! You can spot it about 60 to 75 minutes  before sunrise low in the southeastern sky a few degrees from brilliant Venus in Scorpius the Scorpion. You’ll also notice fiery…
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Pentax K-1000, 50mm lens, Kodak Ektar 100
Exposure ~ 8 seconds at Dusk,
Capturing a Bright Fireball, breaking up with debri,
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Great Balls Of Halloween Fire, Here Comes The Taurid Meteor Shower!

Just in time for Halloween, the sky may have some fiery tricks and treats this weekend. It’s Taurid fireball season with two separate showers radiating from in and near the constellation Taurus the Bull. Both make for weak displays with counts of 10 or fewer meteors an hour. But what Taurids lack in number they make up…
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Orionids 2015FEA

Tune In To The Orionids, Brought To You By Halley’s Comet

Remember Halley’s Comet? It’s more than 3.1 billion miles (5 billion km) from Earth, but it’s influence will be felt this week when dust deposited by the comet along its orbit comes crashing into our atmosphere as the Orionid meteor shower. Those teeny rocks will be moving fast, too. Orionids race in at 148,000 miles an hour…
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