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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More Satellites Than You Can Shake A Laser Pointer At

I’ve been enjoying watching the Pleiades star cluster come up in the east these evenings. As far as I’m concerned, it’s first in the roll call of winter stars. You can see the cluster yourself low above the horizon starting around 10 o’clock. By 11, it’s up high enough for easy viewing. Earlier tonight, just…
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