Listen To The Martian Wind / China’s Daring Mission To The Lunar Farside

Listen to the sound of Martian winds from NASA’s InSight lander. The fluttering sound is very familiar. NASA’s InSight lander which touched down on Mars almost two weeks ago has provided the first ever “sounds” of Martian winds on the Red Planet. The lander’s sensors captured the low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated…
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Full Belly, Full Moon — See A Rare “Turkey Moon” Tonight

Time to celebrate the Turkey Moon! Wait, there’s no such thing. Tonight’s full moon is the Beaver Moon, named for the month in which beavers prepare for winter. But it should be the Turkey Moon. For two good reasons. First, it occurs on Thanksgiving this year and second, a full moon on Thanksgiving is a…
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Ships Passing In The Moonlight

The waxing moon’s been getting high and bright these nights. Direct moonlight is bright enough once your eyes are dark-adapted, but when the ground’s covered in five inches of fresh snow, the reflected light from the powder exponentially heightens the moon’s radiance. Last night, I stepped out for a short walk and noticed what looked…
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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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Arcturus And Morning Moon Wake-up Call

The sun rises remarkably late in the days leading up to “falling back,” when we drop Daylight Saving Time (DST). In Chicago and Denver it comes up about 7:30 a.m and just before 8 o’clock in Duluth and Seattle. That makes it really easy to rise an hour before sunrise in the semi-dark twilight and…
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