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Summer Nights Under The Milky Way’s Black Hole

Hidden behind a scree of interstellar dust 25,000 light years away in the constellation Sagittarius lies the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Billions of stars concentrate there surrounded by a a whorl of spiral arms. For every star we see in the nighttime sky, someone living near the galactic center would see one million.…
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View to the east showing lots of active rays or pillars. My wide-angle lens was only wide enough to cover 1/3 of the display at a time. Credit: Bob King

Auroras Expected Sat. Night / AZ Fireball Update

Get ready for stormy weather. Zillions of sub-microscopic electrons and protons from a solar coronal hole are expected to impact Earth’s magnetic domain beginning sometime tomorrow afternoon. Space weather forecasters are calling for moderate storm conditions through about 10 p.m. (CDT) Saturday evening followed by a return to minor storm from 10 till 1 a.m. Based…
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Get Re-acquainted With The Night

Clouds, commitments and a bad cold have kept the stars and I apart for weeks.  Last night’s clear sky finally brought us back together. I can be a miner when it comes to the night, drilling for nebulae, galaxies and comets with my telescope for hours, extracting one glittering gem after another. Other times, I prefer to tilt my…
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Moon Hangs By A Fingernail Below Venus Tonight

Be on the lookout in the western sky during twilight tonight. The 2-day-old fingernail moon will join Venus in Gemini the Twins for an eye-catching sight. You’ll see them both starting about about half an hour after sundown, but the best views will be in late twilight when they’ll dazzle in a darker sky. That’s also the time to…
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Most of the material from the May 13 coronal mass ejection on the Sun shot north and missed the Earth, but a small amount sprayed our way. Now, about two days later, it's expected to arrive and may  incite auroras. Credit: NASA/ESA

Aurora Alert / Space Station Temptation

The beat goes on! After a fine northern lights display Tuesday night, we may be in for another. On May 13, an explosion on the Sun sent a small, gift-wrapped package of speedy protons and electrons our way that’s expected to arrive early this evening over North America. NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting a…
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