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Perseids Meteor Shower and LIVE STREAM: Best Viewing Before Sunrise Sunday and Monday

CBS 2 meteorologist Robb Ellis has details on conditions for the upcoming Perseids meteor shower. The moon will not be reflecting light because August 11, 2018 was the New Moon phase for the Moon. Clear skies are also forecast, so there is a good chance to see the Perseids meteor shower. Perseids Meteor Shower Live […]

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Mars Sets As a “Morning Star” This July in the Southwest Sky

Mars setting with thunderstorm tops over DeKalb County as viewed from Highland Avenue and Vail Avenue about 4:50 a.m. Mobile viewers may have to pinch-zoom to see Mars illumination in photos. Mars setting and storms moving east in DeKalb County viewed from Arlington Heights near Highland Avenue and Campbell Street about 5:00 a.m. On July […]

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Highlights of July 2018 Backyard Astronomy; The Hubble Space Telescope’s “Tonight’s Sky: July 2018” Episode

This year, Mars reaches its long-awaited opposition on July 27—and is visible all night. Look for its south polar cap and dark features that shift as the planet rotates. You will also spot constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, and the annual Delta Aquarid meteor shower. Bright Venus will be positioned just above the waxing crescent Moon […]

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Northern Lights Spectacular in Norway Last Night, Probably Not Much in United States Tonight

The forecast for aurora borealis or Northern Lights does not call for observations in the United States Thursday night, February 15, 2018. Additionally in Chicago, cloudy condition are forecast to persist until about 7 AM. Parts of Norway had a spectacular display of Northern Lights on Thursday night, February 15, 2018. Norway time in the […]

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VIDEO: SpaceX Celebrates Successful Falcon Heavy Rocket Launch from the Apollo 11 Launch Pad, Kennedy Space Center

SpaceX is celebrating its historic launch of the world’s most powerful rocket. Falcon Heavy launched into space carrying a cherry red convertible. CBS News Manuel Bojorquez reports. Falcon Heavy is a two-stage launch vehicle equal to eighteen Boeing 747s at takeoff. The launch vehicle uses three cores with nine engines for a total of 27 […]

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Super Blood Blue Moon Eclipse Photos January 31 2018

CBS 2 Meteorologist Ed Curran recaps this morning’s rare moon eclipse, which was best viewed in Los Angeles. Enjoy this collection of photos from the total lunar eclipse that occurred on January 31, 2018. The moon appears as a supermoon (the closest distance that the Moon reaches Earth in its elliptic orbit), with perigee being […]

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Meteorite Piece Found in Michigan by Robert Ward After January 16, 2018 Meteor Sighted in Several States and Boom Heard in Michigan Are Now at Field Museum

The Field Museum is now home to one of the freshest and most interesting meteorites, which fell from outer space just a couple of weeks ago. Scientists and graduate students at Chicago’s Field Museum are studying a piece of the meteor that broke apart earlier this month over Michigan. The 6-foot-wide meteor crumbled about 20 […]

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Meteor Over Great Lakes Region Caught on Cameras in Northern Illinois, Michigan; Boom Heard Near Detroit

Apparent meteor lights up skies over parts of Michigan. Many cameras and witnesses caught sight of a meteor and a flash. Some heard a loud boom shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday January 16, 2018 in northern Illinois and southern Michigan. The explanation is probably a bolide, a type of fireball or “brighter than usual meteor” […]

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Supermoon Photos January 1, 2018: The Wolf Moon with a Greater Variety of Images Captured than Usual

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit. The result is the Moon looking larger than normal. The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system. Syzygy is the straight-line configuration of three or […]

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Astronomical Winter Arrives Today at 10:28 AM CST with the Winter Solstice and the Harp Twins

The Winter Solstice is associated the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and occurs this year at 10:28 a.m. CST. Due to the tilt of the earth’s axis and the position of the earth in orbit, the northern hemisphere is tilted further from the sun, and the southern hemisphere is tilted […]

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Supermoon from International Space Station, MIT, Washington DC, Williams, VA

Supermoon rising over Mongolia from the International Space Station. Supermoon setting over the MIT dome early Sunday morning, December 3, 2017. Supermoon rising in Sunday night in Washington D.C.over the Jefferson Memorial. Supermoon rising stack from Williamsburg, VA. The #supermoon rising over Mongolia. Good night from @Space_Station. pic.twitter.com/9OuWQaA4dL — Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) December 3, 2017 […]

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Remember that Loud Boom on October 30 Near Chicago? There Have Been Many Reports Worldwide this Year, Including Alabama

Several people reported hearing a loud boom Sunday night, October 29, 2017, just before 10:00 p.m. The boom occurred about 9:53 p.m. CT. There was a loud, short-lasting boom heard by many people in Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mount Prospect and other northwest suburbs. Area fire departments did not get any calls for any booms or […]

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