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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Dawn Sees Dusk — NASA Asteroid Explorer Goes Dark

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft missed its schedule communication session with NASA’s Deep Space Network on both Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 this past week.  After eliminating other causes, mission manages concluded that the spacecraft finally ran out of the fuel hydrazine, which it uses to point its antenna toward Earth for communications and turn its solar panels to the…
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