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Every school kid knows Jupiter has a big red spot. Called the Great Red Spot, it's a titanic oval storm 1.3 times the size of the Earth and big enough to see in a 6-inch telescope. How would you like to see what's underneath? Read post here .
Last year's Geminids were mooned out. This summer's Perseids took a beating from moonlight. Our patience will finally get its reward this week with the return of the Geminid meteor shower under dark skies. Expect a great show! Read post here .
Planets are scarce these December evenings. Not a single one visible with the naked eye. What's a planet-lover to do? Read post here .
If you tried to start a car that's been sitting in a garage for a couple years, you'd have to clean and replace parts then hope. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up after 37 years in the deep chill of interstellar space. In that same time interval, I've gone through six cars. Read post here .
The W of Cassiopeia stands high in the northern sky these December nights and smack in the middle of the Milky Way. We visit one of its many delights -- a compact trio of star clusters. Read post here .
If you can't wrap your head around every aspect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, that's understandable. Neither can I. But when it comes to massive objects warping the fabric of space — one of its more dramatic predictions — the Hubble Space Telescope help us make sense of this bizarre phenomenon. Enter the Cosmic Snake! Read post here .
A nice aurora storm may be in the offing for Monday night, but will the moon spoil the fun? Read post here .
I love it when astronomy stuff happens on weekends. Untethered from the daily work schedule, we can make time for something like a moonrise. That's my subtle way of suggesting you should see Sunday night's full "Cold Moon" supermoon. Read post here .
I'm no fan of bad news, but it can have a positive effect in calling us to action. The news is not good for light pollution. With the advent of LEDs, night is disappearing fast. Read post here .