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See The Dawn Crescent Before Its African Eclipse

Many of us are focused on next year’s total solar eclipse which will be widely visible across the U.S., but in truth, eclipses happen every year. Some are total, some are partial and some are annular. On Thursday, skywatchers across central Africa and Madagascar will witness the year’s second solar eclipse. The first in March…
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Deepest Look Ever Into Orion Nebula Reveals Lots Of Tiny Tots

Orion Nebula in July? Sure, why not! Especially when new photos taken in infrared light of the famous star factory in the sky reveal tons of brown dwarfs and gobs of smaller, planet-mass objects.  Astronomers used the wide-field HAWK-I infrared instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to produce the deepest and most…
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Oh No, Not Daylight Saving Time Again

Watch out! Here it comes. Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday at 2 a.m. An exercise in delayed gratification, “springing forward” means losing an hour of morning sleep we won’t reclaim until Sunday, Nov. 6. That’s not all – the stars take a big step back. You might you’ll think get that hour back on…
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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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