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Comet ISON Barnstorms Sun

The day of reckoning has finally arrived for Comet ISON, as it slingshots around the sun and we find out whether it survives roasting. Comet ISON today reaches its closest point of approach to the sun, its “perihelion,” at around 1:44 pm EST (18:44 GMT) today. The frozen snowball from the solar system’s outer reaches…

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7 Sky Events This Week: Double Comet Flybys and Lunar Encounters

Comets dominate the pre-dawn skies and their flybys of neighboring planets offer observing challenges for early bird sky-gazers.  Comet ISON Brightens. Late last week Comet ISON began to wake up and now shines ten times brighter than it did just a week earlier. At magnitude 5.5 it has finally reached naked-eye levels from dark locations, according…

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5 Sky Events This Week: Partial Lunar Eclipse, Halley’s Shooting Stars

Mars and Regulus. Looking high east at dawn on Wednesday, October 16, check out Mars as it pairs up with Regulus, the lead star of the constellation Leo the lion.  The contrast in color between the orange-hued planet and the sparkling white, 79-light-year distant star is particularly striking with the naked eye or binoculars. What…

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Despite Shutdown NASA Planetary Probes On the Job

No worries… yet. Despite the U.S. government shutdown and cancellation of most of NASA’s activities, the space agency’s fleet of planetary spacecraft will remain on the job, including its Mars rovers and orbiters. (Read: “NASA Hit by Government Shutdown.”) That’s good news for the armada of robots recording  data streaming in from comet ISON as it…

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Despite Shutdown NASA Planetary Probes On the Job

No worries… yet. Despite the U.S. government shutdown and cancellation of most of NASA’s activities, the space agency’s fleet of planetary spacecraft will remain on the job, including its Mars rovers and orbiters. (Read: “NASA Hit by Government Shutdown.”) That’s good news for the armada of robots recording  data streaming in from comet ISON as it…

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5 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Poses With Moon, Comet Coming, Giant Lunar Wall

As we head towards mid-month naked-eye sky-watchers get to witness the moon pose with the lord of the rings and the goddess of love, while now famous comet ISON and a giant asteroid fill telescope and binocular views. Moon Near Saturn.  On Monday, September 9, the ringed planet Saturn will be an easy naked-eye target…

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5 Sky Events This Week: Saturn Poses With Moon, Comet Coming, Giant Lunar Wall

As we head towards mid-month naked-eye sky-watchers get to witness the moon pose with the lord of the rings and the goddess of love, while now famous comet ISON and a giant asteroid fill telescope and binocular views. Moon Near Saturn.  On Monday, September 9, the ringed planet Saturn will be an easy naked-eye target…

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