Saturn’s Got A Whole New Groove

Stunning. Incredible. Alright, I’ll shut up. But it’s not easy when the photos are this inspiring. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has just returned some of the closest images of Saturn’s rings ever taken. Photos that need to be shared widely. The view at top shows the outer edge of the B ring, the brightest of Saturn’s rings…
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Tiny Daphnis Sends Ripples Through Saturn’s Rings In New Closeup Photo

Come on now. That’s just a mind-blowing photo. We’re looking at Saturn’s moon, Daphnis, taken by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft as it made one of its ring-grazing passes over the outer edges of Saturn’s rings on Jan. 16, 2017. This is the closest view of the moon ever! The little guy is just 5 miles (8 km)…
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Start Your Day With Mercury

These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for the planet Mercury, now making a pleasing appearance in the southeastern sky at dawn. After a short drive to a location with a wide open horizon facing that direction, I watched the little planet climb above a…
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Three Dawn Planets On A String

My fingertips are still tender after today’s happy morning. I drove out to the country in hopes of seeing three comets — V2 Johnson, ER61 PANSTARRS and U1 NEOWISE — before dawn. I tracked them all down from an icy road in the –24°F shivery silence, my fingers curled around hand warmer packets inside lined gloves. My hunt…
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‘White Stork’ Chases The Space Station

If you live in mid-northern latitudes, which includes much of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, this has been a great month for spying the International Space Station (ISS) at dusk. If you live in the southern hemisphere, the station has been zipping by at dawn. Those passes continue this week with a new wrinkle.…
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