Category Archives: Solar System

Now is the Time to Observe Vesta

Images and illustrations credit & copyright: NASA & Naked Eye Planets. It’s not every day that you can observe a main belt asteroid with nothing more than your eyes and right now is one of those times. Asteroid 4 Vesta … Continue reading

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The West Coast’s First Interplanetary Launch Coming Up!

Images & videos credit & copyright: NASA/JPL/United Launch Alliance (ULA). More links than you will ever need below. LAUNCH ALERT: Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 04:05 PDT (07:05 EDT & 11:05 UTC) a United Launch Alliance (ULA), Atlas V-401 rocket … Continue reading

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Jupiter Nears Opposition

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Cassini/Space Science Institute. See below for more information to include data and trackers. Those with telescopes and binoculars, now is the time to observe the King of the Planets. For many of you observations of Jupiter have already … Continue reading

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Our Fallible Minds

Image credit & copyright: Dan Marker-Moore. Maybe you’ve been on a walk or perhaps driving down the freeway (highway, whatever) and there it is; the Moon sitting on the horizon in an almost shocking display. It appears huge, almost as if … Continue reading

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Total Lunar Eclipse This Week

Image credit & copyright: Daniel LaShomb & Sky and Telescope. This Wednesday, January 31 we will encounter our first eclipse of 2018 and it comes in the form of a super, blue, blood…..whatever; its a total lunar eclipse.  Just to … Continue reading

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Venus as We Have Never Seen Her Before

Image credit: JAXA/ISAS/DARTS/Damia Bouic. Here are some fantastic new images of Venus as imaged in infrared by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter (also known as PLANET-C). Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty and … Continue reading

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The Beautiful King of the Gods

Image credit: NASA Juno/SWRI/Kevin M. Gill/Jason Major. Like creamer in your morning coffee, Jupiter’s multicolored gas bands swirl just 3,500 km (2,175 mi.) underneath NASA’s Juno spacecraft and JunoCam during close approach, known as perijove 6, on May 19, 2017. … Continue reading

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