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VIDEO from Multiple Locations: Solar Eclipse Seen in U.S. and Africa

A rare solar eclipse swept across parts of the US, Africa and Europe on Sunday. Described as a “hybrid eclipse,” some areas were witnessing a total blackout with others experiencing a partial version. Unusual view during sunrise from Key West Florida at 6:35 AM EST Sunday (Eclipse starts just after elapsed time 1:25). A rare […]

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Large Meteor Brought Out of Lake Chebarkul, Chelyabinsk Oblast, Central Russia

CNN’s Isha Sesay reports scientists have pulled a huge meteorite from the bottom of a Russian lake. Scientists estimate that meteor weighed 10,000 tons when it entered the earth’s atmosphere, but when it was pulled out of the lake it weighed about 570 kg or .63 tons. Experts believe the object plunged into Lake Chebarkul […]

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Blue Moon Tonight August 20, 2013 with a Chris Isaak Bonus

Moon Phases for 2013 from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Tonight’s full moon (August 20, 2013) is known as a Blue Moon because it’s the third full moon in the season. Not what you thought? The Blue Moon has been incorrectly defined over the years as the second Full Moon in a […]

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Perseid Meteor Shower Best Viewing Sunday and Monday Midnight to Dawn

You can expect to see hundreds of Perseid meteors from the tail of a comet. The shower will peak on August 12th, but should be visible throughout the month. Earth is passing through the dusty tail of the Comet Swift-Tuttle. The greatest chance for meteor sighting is after midnight on Sunday and Monday mornings. Looking […]

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NASA Cameras Catch Meteor Fireball Explosion Over Tennessee

A Capricornid meteor, traveling at 54,000 miles per hour, was captured by NASA cameras at the Marshall Space Flight Center on August 1st, 2013. The Alpha Capricornids meteor shower takes place as early as July 15 and continues until about 10 August. The meteor shower was discovered by Hungarian astronomer Miklos von Konkoly-Thege in 1871. […]

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Incredible Meteor Sightings from Multiple Positions in Chelyabinsk Region in Ural Mountains, Russia

Meteorite explosions in the skies of Russia’s Urals region has sparked panic in three major cities. Witnesses said that houses shuddered, windows were blown out and cellphones stopped working. A meteor — estimated to be about 10 tons — entered the Earth’s atmosphere about 9:20 a.m. Russian local time at a speed of at least […]

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Happy New Year! Video Earth City Lights Via Rotating Earth

Composite map of the world assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite for nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory/NOAA NGDC. Scientists unveiled on December 5, 2012, an unprecedented look at planet Earth at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from […]

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Time Lapse Video Shows Milky Way Overlooking Sahara Desert and Canary Islands from Mount Teide

The Mountain from TSO Photography on Vimeo. The Mountain by TSO Photography This time-laps video was filmed between April 4th and April 11th, 2011. The publisher had the pleasure of visiting El Teide — Spain´s highest mountain (12,198 ft, 3718m), which is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and […]

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What Time Does the Blue Moon Rise in Chicago Tonight?

The second full moon for the month of August 2012 will occur on Friday the 31st, which is commonly referred to as a ‘blue moon’. But will it actually be blue? Or even red? A Blue Moon is defined as a Full Moon that occurs a second time in a single month. During August 2012, […]

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“Touchdown Confirmed” Mars Rover ‘Curiosity’ Lands on Mars

NASA’s most advanced Mars rover Curiosity has landed on the Red Planet. The one-ton rover, hanging by ropes from a rocket backpack, touched down onto Mars Sunday to end a 36-week flight and begin a two-year investigation. The MSL spacecraft—with its payload Curiosity—was launched on November 26, 2011 and successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in […]

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Northern Lights ‘Aurora Borealis’ in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Massive solar flares are contributing to a spectacular light show in the skies above central Minnesota. Time-lapse photography captures an aurora borealis display north of St. Cloud. The last twilight after sunset darkens after 11:00 p.m. in St. Cloud, Minnesota. This Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) display began just before midnight and lasted for about 30 […]

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VIDEO: Transit of Venus on Tuesday, June 5, 2012; The Change from ‘Evening Star’ to Morning Star’

The Solar Dynamics Observatory’s eyes are fixated on Venus and has delivered the first up close view of the event pre-ingress. A transit only occurs about once or twice every 100 years. The next transit of Venus is 2117. What this means now about Venus, is that the planet is changing from an ‘Evening Star’ […]

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