Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

This year’s Eta Aquarid meteor shower reaches its peak in the very early pre-dawn hours of May 5 and 6. The Eta Aquarids get their name because they appear as if they’re coming from the constellation Aquarius. In fact, they’re not … they are “crumbs” of matter left behind by…

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Smiley Face in the Sky? Well, Sort of ….

Memes have been circulating promising a rare celestial conjunction in May. They usually show pictures from past events when the crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter aligned to create a smiley face with the two planets as the eyes. That’s not quite what we’ll see this year. On May 23rd, the…

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Transit of Mercury on November 11

transit of Mercury

The planet Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun on the morning of November 11. Such an occurrence is called a transit, and it means that Mercury will be visible (through telescopes — the planet is far too small to see with the naked eye) against the…

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Once in a Blue Moon – Twice in the Same Year!

When we have two full moons in a single month, the second one is called a blue moon.   It is a fairly infrequent phenomenon.  This Saturday, March 31, is not only a blue moon … it’s the second blue moon we will experience this year (the first happened on January 31st).   The…

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