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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Pleiades Passage / Aurora Night 3?

You couldn’t help noticing Venus and the Pleiades last night glimmering in the west at dusk. Tonight they’ll be nearly as close. If you have a small telescope, take a closer look and see if you can discern the planet’s small, not-quite-round disk. Venus passes through phases just like the moon and has surprised more than a few…
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More Auroras Forecast / Venus Snuggles Up To The Pleiades

Time lapse of the aurora from Spirit Lake, Idaho April 9-10 by Donny Mott. Things get interesting about halfway through. Yes – auroras made a sweep of the sky overnight and were visible as far south as Colorado. Unfortunately they weren’t particularly bright in part because of moonlight. But through the camera lens, the rays…
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