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Celebration of Space - July 24, 2020

Entry Date: Jul 24, 2020

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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 ... more
Celebration of Space - July 10, 2020

Entry Date: Jul 10, 2020

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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. W... more
Celebration of Space - July 3, 2020

Entry Date: Jul 3, 2020

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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 i... more
Celebration of Space - June 26, 2020

Entry Date: Jun 26, 2020

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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 ... more