It’s About To Get A Lot More Crowded Up There

Two nights ago at a star party I attended to celebrate Earth Day, a young boy looked up in Jupiter’s direction, saw a moving “star” and shouted out. We all looked up to see a satellite moving swiftly across the constellation Leo. Lots of people love seeing satellites. They provide a unique human-to-cosmos link to outer…
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30-second time exposure of the space station cutting across the Big Dipper last night Aug. 6, 2014. Bob King

Space Station Sails Back Into Evening Skies

Woo-hoo! The space station’s back in the evening sky and visible from many locations in the northern hemisphere. If you live in the central and northern U.S. or Europe, you can look forward to about two weeks of non-stop passes. Many more of us are out in the evening compared to before dawn, making this…
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Artist's view of the proposed Mayak (Beacon) satellite orbiting Earth. Credit: cosmomayak.ru / Mayak Project

Russian Satellite May Soon Become Brightest “Star” In The Sky

If a Russian crowdfunded group succeeds, we might soon see a satellite brighter than Venus gliding overhead at night. Called Mayak, Russian for “Beacon”, a team from Moscow University of Mechanical Engineering is working to build the orbiting artificial star to launch along with the Canopus-B-IR satellite aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket as soon as the middle of…
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Dinner Date With The Space Station

The International Space Station (ISS) returned to the evening sky this week, making routine passes right around dinnertime. I saw one by accident two nights ago; the following night it cut directly across Orion’s Belt. It’s always fun to anticipate the arrival of the ISS at dusk, when it’s easy to get outside for a look compared…
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Fall Color From Outer Space

Fall color came on strong earlier this month, and NASA’s Earth-observing Terra and Aqua satellites captured it from 438 miles (705 km) up. These photos were taken last Sunday and Monday, October 11-12 over the Great Lakes and eastern United States and Canada. I thought the Minnesota region blazed with orange and red until seeing northern Wisconsin and…
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