Comet 41P In The Dragon’s Gaze / Saturn’s Flying Saucer Moon

Now that the waning gibbous moon rises after 11 o’clock, we’ve got an expanding dark sky window to catch up with 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak. When we last left the comet, it was sailing across the Big Dipper and visible as a 6th magnitude smudge-ball in binoculars. It passed closest to Earth on April 1 at 13 million miles.…
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Get A Load Of Saturn’s Moon Pan — Weird!

I like my eggs over easy but would never have guessed I could order up a moon that way. I mean look at it. Nature offers up possibilities no human could ever dream of. Pan is Saturn’s second-innermost moon and orbits inside the planet’s outer A-ring. Its gravity has cleared a lane in that ring called the…
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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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