Time For The Perseids, The Year’s Most Enjoyable Meteor Shower — Peaks Aug. 11-12

I really enjoy the Perseids. Nice weather makes them easy to watch, and there are always enough meteors to go around. While the Geminids of mid-December boast higher hourly numbers of you have to deal with Jack Frost nipping at your nose and toes. The Perseids are active between July 17 and August 26 but…
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Mars And Moon Meet In A Dazzling Conjunction Tonight (Aug. 8-9)

We have a pretty conjunction on tap for late tonight when the waning gibbous moon shines just 1.7° below brilliant Mars. If you have a clear view down to the eastern horizon you’ll see the bright pair as early as 11:15 p.m. Most of us will have to wait until around midnight when the duo…
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Amazon’s Project Kuiper Will Place 3,236 More Satellites In Orbit

Early this morning SpaceX launched an additional 57 Starlink satellites into orbit for a total of 595. This is the company’s 10th mission since 2019 with many more to follow. When complete, at least 3,200 satellites will circle the planet with the goal of providing a subscription global internet service. SpaceX is currently moving to…
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That Weird Martian Cloud Is Back

A mysterious, long, thin cloud over the 12.4-mile-high (20 km) Martian volcano Arsia Mons is back! Looking for all the world like the plume of an active volcano it was last seen in September 2018. Is Arsia Mons erupting? Sadly, no. Lava last oozed across its slopes roughly 50 million years ago. Things have been…
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Last Shot For Comet NEOWISE

The slightly-past full moon rises about a half-hour after sunset this evening (Aug. 3). The following evening it will rise an hour later. By August 5th or 6th the moon won’t show its face until after dark. That will provide us with yet another opportunity to see Comet NEOWISE. Depending on what equipment you have…
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