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Falling Leaves, Free-falling Space Station

What’s that big, bright, moving light in the sky at dusk? Chances are it’s the International Space Station (ISS). The world’s largest and brightest satellite returns for easy viewing during early evening hours this month. The ISS snuck up on me several evenings ago while I was out photographing the northern lights. Great to see it back beaming…
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Astronaut Terry Virts inserted an effervescent antacid tablet into a ball of water while crewmates filmed the reaction with the Red Epic Dragon camera.
Credit: NASA

Space Station Adds Human Touch To August Evening Skies

Six astronauts — a mix of Russians, Americans and Japanese — are currently orbiting the Earth 15-16 times a day at an altitude around 250 miles in the International Space Station (ISS). Every time I see its bright light travel complete its west to east arc across the sky I think of all the people…
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ISS Aurora feature

Space Station Goes Bzzzzzzt Like A June Bug

Every June, those big, brown June bug beetles slam into our screened windows we leave open to let in the cool night air. Bzzzzzzt … brzzzzzzzzt … bam! I love ’em. Love their blind persistence. During the day, they hide in the trees, but at night they’re out and about and strongly attracted to light. June…
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Most of the material from the May 13 coronal mass ejection on the Sun shot north and missed the Earth, but a small amount sprayed our way. Now, about two days later, it's expected to arrive and may  incite auroras. Credit: NASA/ESA

Aurora Alert / Space Station Temptation

The beat goes on! After a fine northern lights display Tuesday night, we may be in for another. On May 13, an explosion on the Sun sent a small, gift-wrapped package of speedy protons and electrons our way that’s expected to arrive early this evening over North America. NOAA space weather forecasters are predicting a…
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See The Starry Stepping Stones Of Spring

They may all officially belong to the winter sky, but Sirius, Orion’s Belt, the Hyades and Pleiades tilt over in the most appealing way every April. With Venus joining the scene, you can star hop from one to the next the way you might use stepping stones to cross a stream. Take a look in the west…
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