Amateur Astronomer Discovers New Dawn Comet — Here’s How To Find It

Amateur astronomer Don Machholz bagged his 12th visual comet discovery on the morning of Nov. 7 from his home in Colfax, Calif. These days, most comets are found by robotic survey telescopes that scan the sky all night long looking for anything that moves. For an amateur to spot one the old-fashioned way with a telescope in…
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Van Allen Belts “Touch” The Earth In South Atlantic Anomaly

What looks like a red rash on this image are “hot spots” caused by heat from fires sensed by the orbiting Suomi NPP satellite. But wait. What’s that odd dot off the coast of Brazil in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean? Can’t be a fire, and it’s not a volcano or a natural gas…
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Take The Lazy River To The Asteroid Juno

When the word Juno shows up on this blog it’s usually in reference to the NASA spacecraft that swings around Jupiter every 53 days to take mind-blowing photos of the planet’s polar regions. Not this time. This time we’re going to find the asteroid 3 Juno which just happens to be making a close approach…
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What’s Going On With ‘Oumuamua — Alien Technology Now?

First it was an asteroid, then a comet and now a group of Harvard researchers suggest the enigmatic ‘Oumuaua could be an alien-built light sail. The half-mile-long flying whatever-it-is was discovered on October 2017 with the Panstarrs-1 telescope on Mt. Haleakala in Maui. Like similar discoveries, the object was too small to appear any larger…
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Venus Returns In The Company Of The Slender Moon

Venus is back! To see it, all you need is a good view of the eastern horizon. Tomorrow morning, we’re in for a double-crescent treat because the the exceedingly thin lunar crescent (just one day before new) shines just 6° or three fingers above the eastern horizon. Venus will also be a wire-thin crescent about…
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