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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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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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Meteors streaking through the atmosphere leave fine soot that serves as "seeds" for the formation of noctilucent clouds. Credit: NASA

Will You See The Dragon Breathe Fire? Draconid Meteors Peak Oct. 8-9

October nights are a great time to get outside. While you’re watching the summer stars drift off to the west and their replacements — Pegasus, Andromeda and Perseus — trundling up the eastern sky, keep watch for the annual Draconid meteor shower. This wildly unpredictable meteoric display peaks tonight and tomorrow night Oct. 8th and…
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Perseids Put On A Thrilling Show … And They’re Not Done Yet

I’m hoping you all had a chance to spy some Perseids this week. If weather was a problem, take heart. The shower will continue, although with reduced numbers, over the next several nights. Thunderstorms visited my neck of the woods for last night’s peak activity, but the sky cleared just in time this morning (3:30 a.m.)…
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