Unique Total Lunar Eclipse/ April 4th 2015



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A very unique eclipse of the Moon will take place on the early morning of April 4th 2015. The next in a series of total lunar eclipses, will be a must see event for observers in the mid to western USA and Pacific. This is the second eclipse of 2015, following the total solar eclipse [...]

DAWN Spacecraft Reaches Dwarf Planet/Asteroid/ Ceres



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The DAWN spacecraft has now reached the largest asteroid, Ceres! There are amazing pictures coming from DAWN, revealing a most world! There appears to be a few “bright” regions on the surface of Ceres, which have no easy explanation. Ceres, is an object that is about 590 miles in diameter, about the size of the [...]

Mystery Martian Cloud Appears Over The Planet



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Observers have been reporting a strange sight along the limb of the planet Mars. The plume or “cloud” appears to be well over 100 miles high. This type of cloud has been seen before on Mars, but no one is quite certain what it is and where it came from. Observers from all over the [...]

Amazing Solar Filament On The Disk Of The Sun



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  An amazing solar filament is now moving across the disk of the Sun. A solar filament is plasma gas that is higher in the solar atmosphere and appears as a dark signature, against the brighter photosphere. This filament is at least 1,000,000 kilometers in length. If the filament were to smash into the photosphere [...]

Asteroid 2004 BL86 Visible In Small Telescopes



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There will be another small asteroid , known as 2004 BL86, which will pass some 740,000 miles from Earth, on January 26th. The object that was discovered on January 30th 2004, is estimated to be nearly 1,800 ft in diameter at best and should be visible in telescopes and large binoculars. The asteroid will reach [...]

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Continues To Impress



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Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 continues to brighten as it makes its way north in our January skies. The comet is quite east to view in binoculars and as the month of January continues, the comet will race into Taurus, Aries and into the star fields of the Milky Way, in Perseus. Now is a great [...]

Major Jupiter Event / January 23rd/24th 2015



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A rare transit/of some of the main moons of Jupiter, will take place for observers with telescopes on the night of January 23rd/January 24th 2015. As Jupiter nears opposition in February, lucky observers with small to large telescopes, will witness a rare sight. Io, Europa and Callisto will have their shadows cast upon the disk [...]

Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 Brightens In the Sky



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Observers have another reason to be happy as the new year approaches! Comet Lovejoy- C/2014 Q2 is now a near naked eye object, for some lucky observers with dark skies. The comet is reported to be near naked eye visibility and is easy to spot, with a pair of binoculars. If your sky is clear [...]

Dr.Sky Interviews Jim Lovell- Apollo 8 Astronaut



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Apollo 8 Orbits The Moon-46 Years Ago / Merry Christmas It is hard to believe that Apollo 8 and the crew, Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders, made that historic journey around the Moon, back in 1968! To celebrate that event, I had the recent opportunity to interview, USN (Ret.) Captain Jim Lovell, who [...]

Geminid Meteor Shower To Peak-



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One of the best meteor showers of the entire  year is about to peak! The Geminid meteor shower will reach a dramatic peak on the night of December 13th into the early morning hours of the 14th! The Geminid meteor shower is a powerful stream that is thought to come from a dormant comet/asteroid. The [...]

NASA Launches The Orion Spacecraft-



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NASA recently launched the first in a series of Orion Spacecraft by using the Delta IV Heavy, the largest and most powerful rocket in the US inventory. The launch of this test flight, is the start of a long series of tests, to eventually get humans back into space! This mission, was only a test [...]

“Object E” update



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The recent launch of a Russian satellite , known as Cosmos 2499, has caused some concern in the world space community, as this recently deployed satellite may be the beginnings of a new Russian space weapons platform. This object, launched back in May 2014, has actually been kept a secret and may be a type [...]

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Tour April’s Sky: Critters on the March

The stars of northern winter linger in the west as celestial bears, a lion, and a snake climb in the east. Meanwhile, Jupiter and Venus sparkle overhead.

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Blood Moon: Shortest Total Lunar Eclipse of the Century Rises Saturday

Only the speediest of skywatchers will have a chance to see the total lunar eclipse rising Saturday (April 4): NASA predicts that the total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes.

Curiosity Sniffs Out History of Martian Atmosphere

NASA's Curiosity rover is using a new experiment to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere by analyzing xenon.