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10 O’clock Hail Orion! / Aurora Alert Tonight

With Daylight Saving Time swept away by the winds of November, there’s a change in the sky. All the constellations have shifted westward by one hour. Sagittarius, better known as the Teapot, now slips away during the dinner hour.  On the brighter side, Orion the Hunter bedazzles in the east as early as 10 o’clock.…
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Asteroid 2015 TB145 will give Earth a close (but safe!) shave overnight when it passes about 1.3 lunar distances from us. The illustration shows the many asteroids of the Main Belt between Mars and Jupiter and the orbit of 2015 TB145. Credit: NASA

How To Watch Tonight’s Spooky Flyby Of Asteroid TB145

First it’s a Supermoon, then Halloween fireballs hurtling from Taurus and now this — a chunky asteroid that will zip only a little farther than the moon from Earth overnight. Actual time of closest approach by the near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 occurs tomorrow morning around noon Central Daylight Time, but if you have a 6-inch or larger telescope,…
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Farewell Orion / See A Dragon / Aurora Update

Last night while watching the northern lights, we saw the Great Hunter head for the hills. Orion has been the center of attention since December, as recognizable in the southern sky as the Big Dipper is in the north. Now he’s trotting off toward the western horizon, replaced by Jupiter, Leo and the constellations of…
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Happy Pi Day! Find Pi In The Sky

Happy Pi Day! Pi is one of the few mathematical constants that immediately conjures up thoughts of food. Pies in particular. My wife Linda, inspired by this important day, prepared a lemon angel meringue pie I can’t wait to taste. Exactly what is pi? It’s the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter or the number…
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It’s Double Duo Week: Moon-Jupiter And Venus-Uranus

I looked until around 11 p.m. last night but moonlight diluted any aurora that may have out. But the predicted storm did hit between about 2 a.m. and dawn this morning. While some readers might think I stay up all night, I really did sleep through this aurora. I know at least a few of…
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