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Morning Aurora Topped Off By Avian Cheer

I got up for the stars but stayed for the birds. Clear skies overnight allowed for a look at a surprise aurora display, comets PANSTARRS and Lemmon, a handful of spectacular Eta Aquarid meteors and an attractive lunar crescent early this morning. No auroras were predicted and true-to-forecast all looked quite at least through midnight.…
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Listen To The Chelyabinsk Fireball’s Infrasound Tsunami

  You’ve probably seen and heard at least one video of February’s fireball exploding over Cheylabinsk, Russia. The shock wave from entry and subsequent break up of the meteoroid blew out thousands of windows, caused part of a building to collapse and set off countless car alarms. Scientists estimate the incoming object measured about 55…
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Sweeten Your May Mornings With Comet Lemmon

Looks like Comet PANSTARRS has company.This week Comet Lemmon begins nudging its way into the early dawn sky. Watch it to slowly climb up the eastern side of the Great Square of Pegasus in the coming weeks. Both comets are now below the naked eye limit and glow around 7th magnitude. From a dark sky…
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Aurora Update April 13-14 – Nothing Yet, But …

Just got back from a quick look north. Comet PANSTARRS shone dimly but clearly in 10×50 binoculars in the W of Cassiopeia in the northwestern sky. I could easily see the brighter head and its short, diffuse tail about 1 1/2 degrees long (equal to 3 full moons side by side). The comet’s looks ghostly…
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Comet ISON Dallies On Path To Greatness

So what’s up with Comet ISON? I first saw it in a telescope on Jan. 7 as a barely visible bit of fluff. Guess what? It still is. Remember, this is the comet that’s predicted to grow as bright or brighter than Venus come November when it will pass just 600,000 miles from sun. You’d…
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