Venus Meets The Pleiades — Come See!

I hope you’re having a great start to Earth Day. We’re all sunshine and 56° here in Duluth, Minn. The view through the window makes me want to get up and abandon writing this very second. Before I do, let me tell you about Venus and the Pleiades. They’re moving in each other’s direction like…
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Get High On Venus

Man, Venus is high at dusk. I was driving home over the weekend expecting to see it near the horizon. Instead it stood a fist high in the western sky an hour after sundown. And bright, too! Venus has moved from challenging to easy. With its altitude gain, the planet isn’t as compromised by twilight as…
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The Pleiades Return As The Orange Moon Departs

I learned something interesting about moonrise last night. When I went to take a photo of the Pleiades star cluster, now coming up in the eastern sky around 8:30 p.m. local time, I also captured the glow of the moon, at the time about 2° (four moon diameters) below the horizon. The eastern sky glowed faintly,…
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Seven Sisters And Two Goddesses Grace The Dawn

It’s an all female crew tomorrow at dawn. Look low in the northeastern sky starting about an hour and a half before sunrise and the first thing you’ll notice is the lunar crescent filled out with ample earthshine. To its left will shine radiant Venus, the brightest planet in the sky. Both Venus and the moon or Luna have…
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Time To Kill The MESSENGER – NASA Probe Crashes Into Mercury Today

Mercury got a brand new crater today. At 2:26 p.m. this afternoon (CDT) NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft plowed into the planet and excavated a 52-foot-wide crater in a flash of light. The spacecraft was out of sight and communication during the impact, since it occurred on the far side of the planet as seen from Earth. Roughly 30…
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