Venus From The Space Station / Standing On Bennu’s Doorstep

Every 90 minutes the International Space Station (ISS) goes around the Earth. Astronauts on board see 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. Besides the sun and moon, Venus is the brightest solar system body we can see. It’s spectacular viewed from a dark sky, but even big-city dwellers can spot the planet through the…
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Snow Moon Supermoon Shines A Bright Light Tonight

I’m back! Due to server errors the blog was offline over the weekend. My apologies. In case you haven’t heard, the full Snow Moon will light the sky tonight. It also happens to be the closest full moon of the year, one of three supermoons in 2019. Supermoons occur when the moon is full at…
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Aurora Possible Tonight / Venus In Daylight

Once again, there’s a chance for northern lights tonight. Space weather forecasters are predicting a minor G1 storm to occur this evening between sunset and 9 p.m. Central Time. Minor means that skywatchers living in the northern parts of the northern border states will have the best chance of seeing anything. Look for a glow…
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The Spectacle That Is Venus And Jupiter At Dawn

Have you been busy with eclipse preparations the past week? Tonight’s finally the night. But I wanted to alert you to another stunning little show happening about 4 hours after the eclipse ends. Just before the start of dawn and continuing into dawn, Venus and Jupiter make a remarkable sight together in the southeastern sky.…
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Venus Is HOT Right Now

I went out Saturday morning to look for the recently-discovered comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto). It beckoned from the the tail of Hydra the Sea Serpent. I found it with some difficulty because the comet was neither bright nor high up in the sky. While I like bright comets best, they’re all welcome in my front…
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