Tomorrow’s Venus-Mars Conjunction A Real Squeaker

After all the conjunctions at dawn in Leo the past few weeks, you’d think nature would give it a rest. Not on your life. Tomorrow morning (Thurs. Oct. 5), Venus will pass just ¼° north of Mars low in the eastern sky in … Leo! This remarkably close pair should be a beautiful sight and…
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The Planets And Moon Have Something Nice In Store

Earlier this morning, Mars and Mercury passed very close to one another low in the eastern sky at dawn. Sunday morning (Sept. 17), they’ll still be just ½° apart and preceded by the star Regulus, planet Venus and the crescent moon.  It gets even better on the 18th, when the moon, now sliver-thin, resides like a…
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Eclipse Preview: Sliver Moon And Venus Pair Up At Dawn

We talk so much about the sun in eclipse, it’s easy to forget the moon will be at center stage on Monday. After all, during totality, we won’t see the sun. Instead we’ll be facing the new moon! No sunlight will touch the face of the moon visible from Earth, but from the perspective of…
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How Dark Will It Get During The August Total Eclipse?

Total solar eclipse on the island of Svalbard in 2015. The planet Venus is visible off to the left. Shadow bands flicker across the foreground seconds before totality. They form when the last tiny bit of sun refracts through air pockets of different densities and temperatures, creating a series of undulating bands of light. Toss a…
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Apollo 11 Anniversary And A Morning Moon Invitation

48 years ago today, humans walked on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, an ancient lava plain, at 3:18 p.m. CDT July 20. About 6 ½  hours later at 9:56 p.m., Armstrong emerged from the lunar module; Aldrin followed some 20 minute later. The guys…
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