First of all, this blog and the image below are courtesy of a favorite astronomy site of mine, EarthSky.org. This site is downright terrific and was the inspiration for this blog, and it has graciously allowed me to use many skymaps in previous posts as well as this one. This site is an absolutely fantastic source for all sorts of information about the field of science in general. I suggest and plead that you browse the site.
A co-worker of mine pointed out a stunning celestial arrangement to me. To see this grouping of "stars," you need to wake up very early in the morning and look east before the summer sun brightens the sky too much.
I called them "stars" above because what you are actually seeing is the two brightest planets in sky basically right on top of each other. Please see the image below.
If you are an early riser, you will be lucky to be able to see this sight. And if you aren't, set your alarm clock and take advantage of the "cool" temperatures at this time of day to see a beautiful sight!
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Comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina) is now visible just above the eastern horizon before sunrise. People hoping to catch a glimpse Tuesday morning where greeted by an unexpected view. A fuel dump from a Japanese rocket made an interesting formation in the morning sky in the Southwestern states.
A massive magnetic filament eruption has sent a CME towards the earth. Check out an awesome video of the event. Meanwhile, we have the peak of the Leonid's meteor shower tonight.
Known for the most impressive displays of meteors in recorded history, the Leonids meteor shower is already underway. The peak of the shower is Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. A detailed look at the shower, including its amazing history are examined.
Improved viewing conditions are expected for most of the country this weekend as the Taurids slowly wind down. Just next week, the famous Leonids meteor shower peaks. Sky cover is outlooked.
Space junk will splash down in the Indian Ocean early Friday morning. And we are going to watch it live! Check out the slooh broadcast.
Up to the minute satellite imagery for viewing the peak of the Taurid meteor shower. But, it's a gradual peak, so the shower should continue to produce the occasional fireball for another several days. Tomorrow night's sky cover and Europe maps included.