Category Archives: Solar System

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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Here Comes Tonight……

Images credit & copyright: Daniel LaShomb. On any given clear evening, while you’re facing west watching the sunset, take a moment to turn around and admire something I find just as beautiful; Earthshadow and the Belt of Venus or as … Continue reading

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A Few Classics from Mars Express

Images credit & copyright: ESA/Mars Express. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express mission entered Martian orbit on December 25, 2003 with its lander, Beagle 2 (RIP). Although Beagle 2 landed successfully, only two of its four solar panels deployed … Continue reading

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December’s Geminids are Getting Warmed Up

Image Credit & Copyright: Wally Pacholka of a 2011 Geminid. Basics: The night of Wednesday, December 13 and the morning of Thursday, December 14, 2017 the annual Geminids meteor shower will reach its peak.  As with all meteor showers there’s … Continue reading

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