How To Sidestep The Moon And Stay On 46P/Wirtanen’s Tail

Big, bright moons are comet killers. Those of you seeking comet 46P/Wirtanen, now a naked-eye sight from rural areas, have probably noticed the waxing moon creeping up in the comet’s direction the past few nights. Some comets are compact and bright, but 46P is large and diffuse and best seen in a moonless sky. Almost…
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Geminid Meteor Shower Sparks Up The Sky This Week

Keep your eyes to the sky the next few nights. Earth has entered the Geminid meteor stream, and sparks are gonna fly! The annual Geminid meteor shower is the richest of the year, even beating out the Perseids of August, and it peaks Thursday night into Friday morning Dec. 13-14. One of the great things…
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Swing By Juno On Your Way To Comet Wirtanen

Many of us have been hunting up comet 46P/Wirtanen these December nights, but there’s another solar system critter near the comet you might want to check out — asteroid 3 Juno. They’re both in the same region of the sky, so after you’re finished observing 46P, you can nudge your binoculars or telescope about 10°…
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Listen To The Martian Wind / China’s Daring Mission To The Lunar Farside

Listen to the sound of Martian winds from NASA’s InSight lander. The fluttering sound is very familiar. NASA’s InSight lander which touched down on Mars almost two weeks ago has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. The lander’s sensors captured the low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated…
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Time To Check In With Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Time to check in on our current favorite comet. It was discovered by American astronomer Carl Wirtanen in January 1948. The “46P” part refers to it being the 46th periodic (P) comet discovered. Periodic comets, also known as short-period comets, revolve around the sun in fewer than 200 years. Those that take longer are called…
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