Moon Makes A Move On Jupiter / New Lunar Craters Named After Iconic Photo

Only two days old, the evening crescent’s back. You can catch it tonight 20 minutes to a half-hour after sunset low in the southwestern sky looking about as thin as a bread crust. A little more than one outstretched fist to its left, look for Jupiter in the twilight sky. Tomorrow night, the moon will…
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Say Goodbye To Venus

Look to the west at dusk this evening and give Venus a goodbye kiss. If you haven’t noticed already, Venus has been practically MIA these recent weeks as it tracks back toward the sun at dusk. For now, the planet stands only about 4° high 30 minutes after sunset from my northern location. To spot…
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Big Baby Planet Caught In The Act Of Forming

Calling someone a big baby is an insult, but when it comes to new planets, go ahead — no hard feelings! Astronomers have captured a spectacular photo of such a planet in the act of forming from a disk of dust and gas around the young dwarf star PDS 70. By using the SPHERE instrument on the European Southern…
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After The Perseids, A Beautiful Moon-Venus Conjunction

I really enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower and hope you had a chance to see it, too. My daughter Maria came over and we reclined in the driveway talking and watching quietly till 1 in the morning. Because I fiddled with the camera she saw a few more meteors than I. Her final count was…
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Spectacular New Views Of Titan, Neptune, Ryugu And Jupiter

Titan July’s been busy with fresh takes on familiar faces. NASA recently released some of the clearest, most detailed views of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. With a diameter of 3,200 miles (5,150 km), Titan is the solar system’s second largest moon after Jupiter’s Ganymede and the only one with a dense atmosphere. NASA employed the…
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