Last quarter moon Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Bob King

Moon At Last Quarter, Aurora On Deck

Beautiful blue sky morning. I walked the dog, noted the light coating of frost on the lawn and looked up to see a crisp last quarter moon riding over the poplar tops. Only a few yellow-brown leaves wagged way up there, but the contrasts of sky, moon and autumnal color made for a refreshing way…
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Moon Sideswipes Aldebaran In A Spectacular Occultation Tonight

Late tonight and early tomorrow morning, the waning gibbous moon will occult Aldebaran, the bloodshot eye of Taurus the Bull. This wonderfully orange-red giant star is the brightest in the constellation and 14th brightest in the night sky. An occultation occurs when the moon, moving eastward in its orbit around the Earth, slides over and…
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Tonight’s Full Hunter’s Moon — Peppered With Buckshot?

Clear skies forecast tonight?  Don’t miss the rising of the Full Hunter’s Moon around sunset in the eastern sky. Coincidentally, the planet Uranus will be at opposition or closest to the Earth today. A planet at opposition lies directly opposite the sun in the sky, rising in the east at the same time the sun goes down…
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Credit: Bob King

Aurora Surprise Tonight / Venus-Moon A Sweet Sight

A low arc glowed along the northern horizon earlier tonight, hinting at a possible auroral display. After nodding off (yes, I do get a little sleep now and then), I stepped outside at 11:15 to discover dancing rays and pulsing “flames” above the treetops. It’s still happening now, so open the door, allow your eyes five…
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September 28, 2016 aurora. Credit: Bob King

Mercury Joins Forces With The Aurora

Late last night I could see the start of our three-day affair with the aurora as a glow behind a low bank of clouds. Early this morning, soft flames of the stuff flickered in the belly of the northern sky as dawn swelled in the east. Yesterday’s cheery forecast for G2 geomagnetic storms still holds for both…
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