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Celebration of Space - June 14, 2024

Entry Date: Jun 14, 2024

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This coming Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 4:51 pm ET, the height of late sunsets and summertime bliss will occur when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the Northern Hemisphere is at maximum tilt, 23.4°, towards the Sun. This is the Summer Sol... more
Celebration of Space - June 7, 2024

Entry Date: Jun 7, 2024

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Back in March, we wrote about the prospects of a naked eye visible nova in the constellation Corona Borealis (CrB) involving the very dim star T CrB. That was nearly three months ago, and half of the time given for the nova to likely occur. Well we sti... more
Celebration of Space - May 31, 2024

Entry Date: May 31, 2024

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This past week, sunspot group AR 3664 – now re-designated as AR 3697, has returned to the side of the Sun visible from Earth. What makes this so notable is that AR 3664 is the sunspot group that triggered the amazing Aurora Borealis views of May 10-1... more
Celebration of Space - May 17, 2024

Entry Date: May 17, 2024

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On Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 9:56 am ET, the Full Flower Moon of May will occur. On this day, the Moon will rise with the setting Sun, and set with the rising Sun, keeping the Moon above the horizon for the entire nighttime period. Now that we are in t... more