Bright Moon Vs. Upcoming Geomagnetic Storm

The moon rose last night 99% full and made for a spectacular sight just after sunset. It’s amazing how much detail you can see on the moon’s face in early twilight when it’s light is only a little brighter than the background sky. The blotchy rayed craters Copernicus, Aristarchus and Tycho and a full spate…
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Get Ready For A Supermoon Weekend

I love when astronomy stuff happens on weekends. Untethered from the daily work schedule, many of us can make time for something like a moonrise. That’s my subtle way of suggesting you should see Sunday night’s moonrise. Not only will the moon rise full and bright, it will be at perigee, the point in its…
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Light Pollution: Is It Unstoppable?

I’m no fan of bad news, but it can have a positive effect in calling us to action. The news is not good for light pollution. A new study by Christopher Kyba (German Research Center for Geosciences) and his international team using night satellite photography reveals that from 2012 to 2016, Earth’s artificially lit outdoor…
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Early Nights, Early Space Station Viewing

We’re coming up on the earliest sunsets and longest nights of the year. And just in time, the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to evening viewing for many locations around the world. Most of the passes happen between 5:30 and 7 p.m. local time or around dinnertime, when families are often together. That and…
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Cassini’s Final Postcard From Saturn: ‘Wish I Could Still Be Here’

Adios, ciao, auf Wiedersehen, bon voyage. In a fitting farewell to the planet that had been its home for over 13 years, the Cassini spacecraft took one last, lingering look at Saturn and its splendid rings during the final leg of its journey and snapped a series of images that has been assembled into a…
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