June Means Jupiter At Its Brightest And Closest

Maybe you’ve already noticed that bright star low in the southeastern sky around bedtime. That’s Jupiter, the biggest planet and a welcome sight in the evening sky. For months now, Mars has been the only planetary presence, and it’s been fading away in the west like a cooling ember. Jupiter has come to save the…
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How To See The Insanely Amazing Starlink Satellite ‘Train’

SpaceX Starlink satellites viewed from the Netherlands on May 24, 2019 / Marco Langbroek I’d seen the video and read the reports, but that still didn’t prepare me for the sight of 60 satellites — yes, 60 — chugging along in a straight line last night. Launched on May 23, they were only the first…
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Help NASA Find A Safe Sampling Spot On Bouldery Bennu

Want to hunt rocks on an asteroid 84 million miles away? NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu needs extra pairs of eyes to help pick a safe sampling site and to look for other curiosities. The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been at Bennu since Dec. 3, 2018, mapping the asteroid in detail, while the mission team…
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NASA Orbiter Spots Beresheet Crash Landing On The Moon

You guys remember the Israeli mission to the moon? A privately-funded group sent the Beresheet (Genesis) spacecraft into lunar orbit earlier this year. The mission had been a success until the attempted landing in the Sea of Serenity on April 11, when the probe crashed due to a “manual command” entered into the probe’s computer…
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Something’s Munching On Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Weird things are happening around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot (GRS). The iconic red hurricane that’s been swirling around in the Jovian atmosphere for at least 350 years may be flaking away. Over the past week, winds and gases in the South Equatorial Belt (SEB) — one of two prominent, dark cloud belts striping the planet’s…
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