The Planets And Moon Have Something Nice In Store

Earlier this morning, Mars and Mercury passed very close to one another low in the eastern sky at dawn. Sunday morning (Sept. 17), they’ll still be just ½° apart and preceded by the star Regulus, planet Venus and the crescent moon.  It gets even better on the 18th, when the moon, now sliver-thin, resides like a…
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Sun Won’t Quit — Aurora May Return Tonight Thru Wednesday

I almost didn’t wake up in time for this morning’s occultation of Aldebaran by the last quarter moon. Let’s just say I made myself get up. Sure glad I did. Despite some fire haze, Aldebaran waited just off the moon’s edge through the telescope. The contrast of that bit of fire with the broad, daylight-tinted…
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Sunspot’s Parting Gift — A Spectacular Loop Prominence / Aldebaran Goes Bye-Bye

What a sunspot show it was. The huge group, AR 2673, visible with the naked eye, produced an X9.3 flare on September 6th, the most powerful recorded since 2005. For the next few days, it quieted down a bit and then went ballistic again. At 11:06 a.m. Central time Sunday, the region erupted with at the…
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Astronomers Capture Best Image Ever Of Antares

Dang, if the moon isn’t always up to something! Tonight, it’s a crescent and in conjunction with Jupiter and Spica low in the southwestern sky during evening twilight. Feel free to give a nod to our only natural satellite for the fine work it did on eclipse day. Earlier sunsets and a shorter twilight mean…
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Eclipse 2017: Wildly Beautiful!

I can’t think of a better way to describe it. I sure hope you got to see today’s eclipse. The morning began with heavy fog in W. Nebraska with a forecast for partly sunny skies later in the morning. After studying satellite cloud photos, a move further to the west to near the Wyoming border seemed a…
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