‘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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New Cassini Views Of Saturn Will Get You High

Simply magnificent! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this lovely view of Saturn’s polar atmosphere just days after beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show Saturn’s northern hemisphere from on high and highlight numerous cyclone-like storms including the planet’s intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream, part of which slices through the photo above. Cassini began its…
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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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