Watch 20,000 Satellites Orbit Earth In Real Time — Simply Amazing!

Stuff in Space is a real-time 3D map of man-made objects in Earth orbit brought to life by James Yoder. Yoder is a robotics guy and an incoming electrical engineering and computing freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve seen individual satellite simulations in real time on other sites, but this thing’s incredibly…
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All Day And All Of The Night — The Sky From Sunset To Sunrise

In 1964 the Kinks released the hit song All Day and All of the Night, a title I’m flagrantly appropriating because there’s good stuff to see in the sky this month from start to finish. Still a great tune, BTW. First, you can’t pass up Venus and Mercury together in the western sky at dusk.…
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California Wildfires Visible From Outer Space

California’s a tinderbox. We feel for the people who are suffering through some of the worst wildfires the region has even seen. The TV drone footage of entire blocks of homes ravaged by fire makes us gasp. We can imagine it happening in our neighborhood as natural catastrophe knows no limits in the long run. The…
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How To Find And Follow Asteroid 2012 DA14 During Friday’s Flyby

Near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 has become a sizzling topic online and on the TV news. Not a week goes by lately when I don’t hear about “the asteroid that’s going to fly by Earth”. Yesterday John, my mailman, asked me about it. “Supposed to be half as long as a football field,” he offered. John…
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Long Twilights Coax Out Shy Satellites

A reminder tonight to watch for possible northern lights. The current space weather forecast calls for a good chance of minor storming and an isolated major auroral storm at high latitudes. That means we might see some “green glow” toward the north from the northern U.S. and southern Canada.  The activity stems from a combination…
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