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Partial Solar Eclipse Over Chicago 4:30 PM Start, 5:45 PM Peak

NASA ScienceCasts: Sunset Solar Eclipse. SUNSET SOLAR CLIPS Today’s partial solar eclipse is the last chance to see a partial solar eclipse in Chicago for the next three years. The partial solar eclipse starts around 4:30 p.m., and will peak about 5:45 p.m. Sunset tonight is 5:57 p.m. so the sun will be very low […]

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Lightning Video in Chicago Catches Willis Tower and John Hancock Building Getting Hit

Lightning display from Monday night, June 30, 2014. Craig Shimala faced his camera to the east, which shows the city’s tallest building most clearly — the John Hancock Building (left), Trump Tower (center), and Willis Tower (right). Check out the lightning strikes … Post by Craig Shimala. Lightning strikes in Chicago June 30, 2014 (VIDEO […]

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Skywatchers: Night Sky in July Is More than Fireworks; Good Month for Planets

Besides a lot of fireworks, the night sky in July is full of planets and then meteors at the end of the month. Saturn and Mars are visible in the evening and Venus and Mercury can be found before sunrise. At the end of the month, the annual Delta Aquarid peaks with 20 meteors per […]

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“Kepler-10c” Large Earth-Like Planet Studied; Rock Formations at Younger Age then Expected

Lawrence Krauss says the recently discovered ‘Mega-Earth’ could possibly contain life. Lawrence Krauss explains that nature has a greater imagination than the human mind. The HARPS-N spectrograph on the Canary Islands’ Telescopio Nazionale Galileo studied Kepler-10c (discovered in 2011) while observing two seasons for the large planet, and recently published data and determinations, which indicate […]

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Brilliant Northern Lights in St. Cloud Minnesota

A geomagnetic storm created a stunning Aurora Borealis over central Minnesota. A powerful G2 Class Geomagnetic Storm impacted the earth overnight and created a vivid display of the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights over central Minnesota. This time lapse footage was shot between 3 AM and 4 AM just after the moon had set and […]

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Lunar Eclipse Visible Overnight in Chicago; Recorded Video from NASA/Griffith Observatory

Video streaming by Ustream Lunar Eclipse Recording: NASA broadcast the lunar eclipse with audio from NASA Third Rock and narration of highlights of the eclipse. Skies cleared to enable night sky viewers to see the lunar eclipse overnight. A slow process with the only negative factor being air temperature in the low 30s and upper […]

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Tetrad: First of Four Consecutive Total Lunar Eclipses Begins Midnight April 14/15 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

A Tetrad of Lunar Eclipses Starts April 15, 2014. A series of four lunar eclipses spaced 6 months apart will begin on April 15th, and all of the eclipses will be visible for much of the United States. The dates are … April 15, 2014 October 8, 2014 April 4, 2014 September 28, 2015 A […]

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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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