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Geminid meteors appearance…

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If you haven’t been looking for them or at them,  you have probably waited too long, but plenty of people will have gotten photos of the  celestial event  for this year.   If I find some more shots,  I’ll add them as an update.

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December 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm

Super-moon rerun…

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If you  missed this event,  or were in an area socked in by weather which made viewing it impossible,  you can benefit from those with good cameras and excellent viewing sites,  here.

 

 

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December 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm

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Full cold moon…

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There will be a super-moon  available for  your viewing pleasure in the wee hours on Monday morning,  so either stay up really late tonight, or get up extremely early Monday.

If this fails to move you, try the  Geminid meteor  shower on December 14th,  when you may see up to 120 meteors per hour.

 

 

 

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December 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

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Orionid meteor shower…

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This beautiful  celestial event  will peak  with 10 to 20 meteors per hour in the early morning hours between Friday October 20th and Sunday October 22nd,  though a lesser show should remain visible until October 29th.

This is all remnants of Halley’s Comet,  which last visited us in 1986,  and won’t return until 2061.   So get out there after midnight and before dawn and watch for shooting stars.

 

 

 

 

 

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October 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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Chasing the eclipse…

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Scientists are planning to  chase the  shadow of the moon using NASA’s research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US,  to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere.   They will be studying  the ionosphere,  among other things.  For those of us who will be earthbound for the event,  you can use  this site  to type in your zip code and discover when it will most impact your area.

Here is  some of  the gear you should have gotten.  Did you  get a telescope?   Or a  certified filter  for your camera?   Or will you just be in one of these  hot watch  spots?  If you  don’t have  the certified ISO glasses,  don’t look!   But there are other things you can do, laid  out here.

Traffic has  been awful  in many of the  best viewing  areas,  but none can beat South Carolina for maintaining a  sense of humor  about the entire affair.

While this eclipse is a  wondrous thing  to witness,   remember it’s just a business  opportunity  for some,  while it’s an event carrying different shades of meaning for many cultures,  including the Navajo.

You probably shouldn’t try tying the event to Trump supporters as the Boston  Globe did,  and you should definitely use care,  especially if you’re driving because some of those in traffic with you won’t be paying attention to the road.  There will be a plethora of pictures from a wide variety of sources,  so even if you can’t observe in real time,  you won’t miss a thing!

 

 

 

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August 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

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Partial lunar eclipse…

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A  partial lunar  eclipse is happening this afternoon,  so if you live in one of the places where it can be seen,  you can use this event as a prelude to the total solar eclipse in a couple of weeks.

UPDATE:  We have  some photos  in,  taken from some of the places offering really fine views of the event.

 

 

 

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August 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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Record-breaking super-moon…

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The biggest and  brightest super-moon  in almost 70 years is headed our way on the eve of November 14th.   It will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average full moon, so it really will e special for us regular sky-watchers,  not just the astronomers.   If you miss this even, you’ll have to wait until 2034 to see something as spectacular,  so mark your calnedars!

 

 

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November 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm

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