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Celebration of Space - January 27, 2023

Entry Date: Jan 27, 2023

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Last week, on January 20, 2023 the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) eclipse season began. Eclipse season happens twice per year for SDO, and will last about 3 weeks in length. During this time the SDO spacecraft, which observes the Sun in multiple wave... more
Celebration of Space - January 20, 2023

Entry Date: Jan 20, 2023

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This coming Sunday, January 22, 2023, Venus and Saturn will arrive at their closest visible point in the ongoing conjunction that has been happening. Now that Venus has orbited past superior conjunction (opposite side of the Sun than Earth) it has recl... more
Celebration of Space - January 13, 2023

Entry Date: Jan 13, 2023

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At 6:10 pm EST on January 6, 2023, the January full Moon happened. Notably, the January full Moon usually occurs during the time that the Moon is at its furthest point from Earth, called Apogee. In 2023, the January lunar apogee occurred at 4:20 am EST... more
Celebration of Space - December 30, 2022

Entry Date: Dec 30, 2022

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This coming Wednesday, January 4, 2023, the annual Quadrantid Meteor Shower will peak. The first meteor shower of the year, and the last meteor shower of the viewing season, the Quadrantid peak is also one of the best meteor displays of the year, bring... more