Leo Begs The Cosmic Question

Is there life elsewhere in the universe? These is one of the most often asked questions we have when looking up at the night sky. As if to give shape to our wondering, Leo the Lion thrusts a question mark in our faces every clear February evening. Face east and look a little more than two…
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Venus Returns At Dusk In Conjunction With The Paper-Thin Moon

Remember Venus? The last time most of us saw it was in late November low in the east at dawn. That’s also the same time Saturn made its last appearance at dusk in the west. That makes Venus the first bright planet to return to the evening sky for almost three months.  Sure feels longer.…
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OSIRIS-REx Captures Unique View Of Earth, Moon And Pleiades

I do enjoy a big picture perspective. You too? As part of an engineering test, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon using its navigation camera on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.6 million km). When the camera snapped the image, the spacecraft was moving away from…
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Valentine’s Day Sunrise Surprise

Before I gave my wife a Valentine’s Day card and gift, even before she awoke, I got up and drove to a clear spot to watch and photograph the sunrise. Along the way, my heart sank when I saw that low clouds and haze muddied the horizon. I almost turned back. Despite the mistiness, the…
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Say Farewell To ‘Starman’ And The Orbiting Tesla: Online Event

Larger telescopes will be able to keep track of the speeding Tesla Roadster as it continues along its solar orbit, but for small and amateur telescopes, the time is fast approaching when the car will become too faint to photograph. That’s why Italian astrophysicist Gianluca Masi is holding a “Goodbye, Tesla Roadster” event on Wednesday…
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