Thanksgiving Cosmic Coincidence

Thursday is Thanksgiving, a feast first celebrated by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians at the end of harvest in 1621. It lasted three days and was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. Waterfowl, turkey, corn, lobster and venison were among the the entrees. We know it happened in 1621 but it’s unclear…
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Jupiter’s Poles And Auroras Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

NASA’s Juno probe just sent back the best and most detailed images ever of Jupiter’s polar regions. I’m sure you’ll agree they’re wonderful eye candy. They were made during the spacecraft’s first flyby of the planet during its long looping orbit. The photos show a chaos of whirling storms and weather activity and a notable…
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A Week Of Exceptional Planetary Conjunctions

After a quiet weekend sky-wise, we’ve got a busy week ahead. On Tuesday night, Mars and Saturn will line up with Antares in Scorpius followed on Saturday by the closest conjunction of two naked-eye planets for the year. On Saturday evening, August 27, Venus and Jupiter will approach within a hair’s breadth of each other as viewed…
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Meet The Methane-Soaked Canyons Of Titan

Saturn’s fuzzy orange moon, Titan, has one of the most fascinating landscapes of any moon or planet we know of. It’s Saturn’s largest moon and the second largest moon in the solar system. If you were to replace our own moon with Titan, it would appear exactly twice as big in the sky with a…
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Observing Challenge — See A Slim Crescent, Venus, Mercury And Jupiter At Dusk

Every so often in this blog we feature an observing challenge. Since the summer weather’s so nice and you have a little free time after dinner, why not grab your binoculars and head out to the nearest western horizon shortly after sunset. If the air is transparent with no haze or clouds obstructing the view, tomorrow…
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