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Martian meteor shower & X-flare blackout

Reprinted from Space Weather News http://spaceweather.comMARTIAN METEOR SHOWER: NASA and European spacecraft have detected evidence of a “spectacular” meteor shower on Mars caused by the close approach of Comet Siding Spring last month.  If a human had been standing on the Red Planet at the time, they might have seen thousands of meteors per hour …

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Monday: Highlight of Jupiter, Venus conjunction

Reprinted form Space Weather News for Aug. 17, 2014 http://spaceweather.com WOW! MORNING CONJUNCTION:  Jupiter and Venus are converging in the eastern sky for a spectacular pre-dawn conjunction.  Closest approach is Monday morning, Aug. 18.  The event is highlighted on today’s edition of http://spaceweather.com MINOR STORM WARNING:  Minor geomagnetic storms are possible during the late hours of …

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Rosetta probe to study comet

Reprinted from Space Weather News http://spaceweather.com ROSETTA COMET: The European Space Agency’s Rosetta probe has reached 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and is maneuvering to go into orbit around the comet’s core. This is an historic event. After Rosetta goes into orbit, it will follow the comet around the sun, observing its activity from point-blank range. Moreover, in November, …

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Possible meteor storm in tonight’s forecast

Reprinted from Space Weather News for May 23, 2014 http://spaceweather.com METEOR ALERT: This weekend, Earth will pass through a stream of debris from Comet 209P/LINEAR. If forecasters are correct, the encounter could produce an outburst of bright meteors numbering more than 200 per hour.  Most models agree that peak rates should occur between the hours …

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Earth Day meteor shower

Space Weather News for April 22, 2014 http://spaceweather.com EARTH DAY METEOR SHOWER: Earth is passing through a stream of debris from ancient Comet Thatcher, source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.  According to radar data, the shower is peaking today with meteor rates as high as 15 per hour. Check http://spaceweather.com for more information.

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Total lunar eclipse Tuesday!

Reprinted from Space Weather News  http://spaceweather.com TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: On Tuesday morning, April 15, the full Moon will pass through the shadow of Earth, producing a colorful lunar eclipse.  Although the mainstream media is calling this a “blood moon,” the color is more likely to be bright orange.  At the moment, Earth’s stratosphere is not …

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Lunar Transit on Jan. 30

Reprinted from Space Weather News for Jan. 29, 2014 http://spaceweather.com LUNAR TRANSIT:  The Moon is about to pass in front of the sun, producing an eclipse that can be seen only from space.  NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory will record the 2.5-hour  “lunar transit” beginning at 1331 UTC or 8:31 EST on Thursday, Jan. 30th.  Tune into …

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Planets align in rare ‘Christmas Star’ conjunction

Space Weather News for Dec. 24, 2013 http://spaceweather.com CHRISTMAS CONJUNCTION: Stationed over the far side of the sun, NASA’s STEREO-B probe is observing a rare conjunction of planets.  Venus, Jupiter, and Earth  are aligning to produce a “Christmas Star” for the distant spacecraft.  Visit http://spaceweather.com for images.

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Prime meteor watching Aug. 12-13

Reprinted from Space Weather News   PERSEID METEOR SHOWER: The Perseid meteor shower is intensifying as Earth moves deeper into the debris stream of parent comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. International observers are reporting as many as 30 Perseids per hour from dark sky sites, a rate which could triple on August 12-13 when the shower peaks. Check http://spaceweather.com …

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NASA creates sky show with rapid-fire launch


This morning before sunrise, sky watchers along the eastern seaboard of the United States witnessed an amazing sky show created by the rapid-fire launch of five rockets from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility.  It was an experiment named “ATREX”  to study turbulent winds in the transition zone between Earth’s atmosphere and space. Eye-witness accounts and photos …

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