Almost-Full Moon Rolls Over Aldebaran Tonight

As a warm-up to tomorrow night’s meteor shower, how about an occultation appetizer? Tonight, the one-day-before-full moon will cover Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus the Bull. Skywatchers across the U.S., Canada and even Europe can watch the moon slowly move across the Hyades star cluster before it occults the bright star. For many, this all…
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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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One-Two Solar Punch Could Ignite Auroras Aug. 2

A blast of solar plasma coupled with a gust of particles from a coronal hole has left the gate and is now racing toward Earth. NOAA space weather forecasters in Boulder, Col. are predicting that the duo of duo of subatomic solar exhalations will reach our planet sometime tomorrow morning (Aug. 2) and initiate a…
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Moon Vs. Star — Dawn’s Aldebaran Occultation

I almost didn’t get up for the Aldebaran event at dawn today. My excuse? Up past midnight with the aurora! Surely that’s a valid reason to get some shuteye. Anyway, I’m glad I did. We didn’t get an occultation here in Minnesota, but what a sight just the same. Taurus’s brightest star Aldebaran practically touched the…
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Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Peaks / Moon Occults Aldebaran Tomorrow Morning

Something tells me I’ll be losing sleep tonight. Not for worrying but for the pleasure of seeing meteors fly out of Aquarius while the crescent moon makes a close pass of Aldebaran at dawn. Every year in late July the Earth passes through a cloud of comet debris most likely shed by 96P/Machholz. The comet was discovered…
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