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Moongazers Delight — Biggest Supermoon In Decades Looms Large Sunday Night

Get ready! We’ve got a big moon on the rise Sunday night, the biggest and closest since January 26, 1948. The moon is full every month, but not all full moons are equal in distance, size and brightness. If the moon’s orbit around the Earth were a perfect circle, they would be. But the moon’s…
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A model of the Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft ( R) docking with the orbiting Tiangong-1 space lab module (L). © Jason Lee / Reuters

See China’s Tiangong-1 Space Station Before It’s No More

China’s first space station, Tiangong-1 or Heavenly Palace, is out of control and doomed to fall to Earth in the second half of 2017. Should you worry? Not really. Two-thirds of the planet is covered in water and much of the remainder is either uninhabited or thinly so, making the chance of any one individual being…
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This was the first sunset observed in color by Curiosity. The color has been calibrated and white-balanced to remove camera artifacts. Mastcam sees color much the way the human eye does,  although it's a little less sensitive to blue. The Sun's disk itself appears pink because all the cooler colors have been scattered away, similar to why the Sun on Earth appears orange or red when near the horizon. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Stargazing On Mars

We’re stuck with Earth for now when it comes to stargazing. And despite the plague of light pollution, it’s still a pretty good planet for looking up. But thanks to planetarium-style software, we can easily jaunt off to Mars and get an inkling of what the night sky has to offer on a different planet.…
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ISS. Credit: NASA

Weekend Space Station Extravaganza

Many of us have seen the the International Space Station (ISS) pass overhead at night. Maybe once a night. How would you like to see it five times in in the span of one evening? This weekend, you’ll have your chance. Passes starts a typical 6-minute run with an appearance low in the western sky traveling…
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Phases of the Moon, as seen looking southward from the northern hemisphere. Credit: Wikipedia / Orion8

Crescent Moon Crescendo And Fall Finale

Look to the west-southwest at dusk tonight and you’ll see a thin crescent moon tilted over on its side. Its shape reminds me of Mona Lisa’s sweet and slightly mischievous smile. While it might seem strange to associate such a delicate-appearing object with a crescendo, a gradual increase in loudness in a piece of music,…
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