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Celebration of Space - July 24, 2020

Celebration of Space - July 24, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This past Thursday, July 23, 2020, Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, which has been putting on a fabulous show for Northern Hemisphere sky watchers, passed Earth at its closest approach to us. On this date, Comet F3 NEOWISE was at a mere distance of 64,313,189 mile...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:23:20 EDT

Comet F3 NEOWISE

Comet F3 NEOWISE

From Gallery: Comet F3 NEOWISE

This gallery will feature images captured of Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, which was visible to the unaided eye in July 2020. This was the first clearly visible naked-eye comet in the Northern Hemisphere since Comet C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp in 1997. Images in this g...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 22:01:33 EDT

Celebration of Space - July 10, 2020

Celebration of Space - July 10, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On July 3, 2020, Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, cruised past the Sun at a mere distance of 27,391,909 miles, called Perihelion. We speculated that the comet had a good chance of breaking up due to the intense solar radiation that close to the solar corona. Well ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:23:12 EDT

Photo: The Lagoon & Trifid Nebula

Photo: The Lagoon & Trifid Nebula

From Gallery: Diffuse Nebula

This is the final version of the Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula / Messier 20 - The Trifid Nebula field imaging project. After several nights of capture, totaling 15 hours of exposure, we decided to start processing the datasets. There is so much going on in...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 6 Jul 2020 17:35:16 EDT

Celebration of Space - July 3, 2020

Celebration of Space - July 3, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tomorrow morning, July 4, 2020 at 7:35 am ET, Earth will reach the point in our orbit when we are the furthest from the Sun for the year. This is called Aphelion and happens due to a slight deviation from a perfect circle in our orbit. This deviation is ca...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 3 Jul 2020 12:40:11 EDT

Celebration of Space - June 26, 2020

Celebration of Space - June 26, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

At 4:18 pm ET today (June 26, 2020) SpaceX will launch another set of Starlink satellites into orbit. This launch will include modified Starlink satellites, addressing recent causes for concern in the astronomy community due to how unexpectedly bright they...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:21:43 EDT