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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Full Beaver Moon Gnaws At The Night

There won’t be much night tonight with the Full Beaver Moon up. I mean, yes, it will still be night, but if you’ve paid attention to the moon lately, you’ve noticed how much higher it is in the sky in November compared to July.  Add in some snow, like what’s out my window, and night resembles day…
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What, No Harvest Moon This Month?

Tonight’s the Full Corn Moon, so if you like corn on the cob, salute the rising moon with a buttered ear this evening. We usually know September’s full moon as the Harvest Moon but not this time around. By definition, the Harvest Moon is the full moon that falls closest to the autumnal equinox. I see…
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Try Out Your Eclipse Glasses On This Big Sunspot

A rapidly growing sunspot that rotated around the Sun’s limb several days ago has now expanded to about 78,000 miles (125,000 km) across, only 10,000 miles shy of Jupiter’s girth. It was easy to see with the naked eye as a small, dark imperfection on the sun’s otherwise spotless face through my #14 welder’s glass…
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