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Hunting Down Summer’s Elusive Noctilucent Clouds

Every time June rolls around a little light goes off in my head reminding me to look for noctilucent clouds. Noctilucent or night-shining clouds appear in the summer months — June and July are best — very low in the northern sky from mid-twilight until the onset of true darkness. They’re fragile-looking, wispy things that glow an…
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Massive Fireball Over Arizona

A monster fireball brighter than the full moon not only lit up central Arizona’s skies early this morning but exploded with such force, it shook the ground! Amateur astronomer Chris Schur reported that the meteor glowed at around magnitude -16, more than twice as bright as the full moon. Searing the sky high over the canyons and deserts…
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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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