Earth Again — Look At Me Shine

Wow, what a cool view. That’s Earth with the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, the very same clusters we see on fall nights from our backyards. On occasion, you’ll catch Jupiter, Mars or another planet pass by these groups but Earth? Only from the perspective of a spacecraft. This time, it’s the recently launched Parker…
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Strange Cloud On Mars Turns Heads

There’s a very cool cloud on Mars right now. It’s downwind of an ancient martian volcano named Arsia Mons. What makes its such a head-turner is that it perfectly mimics a plume from a volcanic eruption. Naturally, it’s become the subject of much online speculation. The European Space Agency’s orbiting Mars Express has been taking…
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Bye-Bye Venus, See You On The Flip Side!

Venus played the part of night light this spring and summer, shining every evening in the western sky. But in the past few weeks it’s drawn closer and closer to the sun until it’s now lost in the solar glare. Farewell friendly planet. We’ve talked about conjunctions before in the context of the moon being…
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Full Hunter’s Moon Horizon Hijinks

With the approach of the firearms deer hunting season it won’t be long before blaze orange becomes the rage in my state. The full Hunter’s Moon will rise a less lurid hue tonight around sunset and stay up all night. The name comes from the time when hunters stalked their prey by moonlight. If your…
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Orionid Shower Recap And What’s Up Next For Meteor Bursts

Did you get to see the Orionid meteor shower this weekend? I managed an hour and a half under a moonless sky this morning between 5 and 6:30 a.m. Although twilight began around 6, I stuck around as the sky brightened. Good thing I did. A nib of Halley’s Comet zipped across Taurus, flared brightly…
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