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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Last night, a solar storm interacted with the Earth's magnetosphere, setting off a cosmic light show for those in high latitudes.
Several meteor showers are yet to come during the last few months of 2016. There will be some eclipses as well as beautiful planetary alignments!
Early on Thursday morning there will be a lunar eclipse, but it will go by largely unnoticed.
The 2016 Perseids have lived up to the hype. They have been very bright with most leaving trails. A secondary peak should keep activity strong through tonight.
Tonight's Perseid's meteor shower will put on quite a show. It will be the most impressive shower of 2016, if not the past several years. This is your complete guide to viewing the 2016 Perseids.
The 2016 Perseids may turn out to be the most active meteor shower since the Leonids in the early 2000s. This is your complete guide to the shower including forecast sky conditions maps for around the globe.