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Celebration of Space - October 23, 2020

Entry Date: Oct 23, 2020

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight Tuesday, October 20 – Wednesday, October 21, 2020 the annual Orionid Meteor Shower peaked. Though a notable meteor shower, the Orionids do not bring the intense increases in meteor activity that we see from the Perseids, Geminids, or Quadra... more
Celebration of Space - October 9, 2020

Entry Date: Oct 9, 2020

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This past Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Earth made its closest approach to Mars for Mars’ 687 day orbital period, at a distance of 38.6 million miles. Usually, this happens during opposition of an outer planet, though with Mars, this is not always the ca... more
Celebration of Space - October 2, 2020

Entry Date: Oct 2, 2020

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Last night, Thursday, October 1, 2020, the NG CRS-14 (ISS resupply) launch from Whallops Flight Facility in Virginia was scrubbed. The next launch window opens at 9:16 pm ET tonight (October 2, 2020). The launch will carry 8,000 lbs of research, crew s... more
Celebration of Space - September 25, 2020

Entry Date: Sep 25, 2020

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This past week, awesome views of the International Space Station (ISS), passing over the US during the evening hours, resumed. Continuing until October 4, 2020, evening views over our region will continue. Though this past week had the best views of th... more