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Strawberry Moon Over Chicagoland; Photo Over Recreation Park, Arlington Heights

Did you see the Strawberry Moon? Strawberry Moon rising over Chicagoland, Monday, June 4, 2012.

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Partial Lunar Eclipse Times of the Strawberry Moon; Partial Eclipse Starts 4 a.m. CDT in Chicago

On June 4th, 2012, the partially shadowed Moon will serve spectators from China to the United States the first lunar eclipse of the year. This “strawberry moon” of Native American folklore heralds the short harvest season of the fruit in June. Visibility times of the Partial Eclipse of the Moon — weather permitting. In Chicago […]

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May 2012 Skywatching: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower and Annular Eclipse

Highlights of the month include the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which peaks on May 6th and an annular solar eclipse that will be seen in the western United States. Venus, Saturn and Mars are part of the planetary spectacle in the night sky. Note: Monthly Skywatching is a new feature, and will normally be published […]

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In Between Moonrise and Moonset, A Darkened SuperMoon Was Visible Through A Thin Layer of Fog Over Much of Chicagoland

SuperMoon over Arlington Heights about 4:00 a.m. Sunday, May 5, 2012, just over four hours after perigee coincided with a full Moon at 11:35 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2012. A perigee is the point in orbit that an object makes its closest approach to earth. The Moon is full while in perigee about once every […]

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SuperMoon: Full Moon Is Up to 14% Larger, 30% Brighter Saturday Night, May 5, 2012

The full Moon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than others during the year. The reason for this phenomenon is that the Moon becomes full on its closest approach to Earth on Saturday May 5, 2012, also known as the perigee full Moon. A “supermoon” is the coincidence of a full moon […]

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Bright Green Meteor Streak Visible Wednesday Night from West Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri

Meteor spotted above Madison, Wisconsin on evening of April 11, 2012. Meteor enters picture at about 20:21:24 (Video Elapsed time starts just after 0:08). A bright green meteor was reported about 8:22 p.m. CDT by numerous sky watchers from Michigan to Wisconsin to Illinois to Iowa to Missouri. A Chicago police officer and others reported […]

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What Was So Special About Chicago’s Beautiful West Night Sky Sunday Evening?

Chicago’s night sky on Sunday, February 19 at 8:12 p.m. highlighting (left-to-right) Sirius, Orion, Taurus, Pleiades, Jupiter, and Venus. A clear sky with visibility greater than 10 miles, and without the light of the Moon, created ideal conditions for seeing stars and planets Sunday night. Between 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. the ideal conditions were […]

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Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of Spectacular Aurora Borealis in Birtavarre, Norway

The skies over northern Europe have been illuminated with an intense display of the northern lights after a week of massive solar storms showered the Earth with radiation. More beautiful Northern Lights from Europe. Birtavarre is a village in the municipality of Gáivuotna – Kåfjord in Troms county, Norway located at about 69° latitude. The […]

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Confirms Its First Possible Earth-Like Planet in Habitable Zone of Sun-like Star

Artist’s conception illustrates Kepler-22b, a planet known to comfortably circle in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech. NASA’s Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the “habitable zone,” the region where liquid water could exist on a planet’s surface. Kepler also has discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly […]

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How Close to Earth Was Asteroid 2005 YU55?

On November 8, 2011 at 23:28 UT (5:28 p.m. CST) the asteroid safely passed 0.85 lunar distances (324,600 km or 201,700 miles) from the Earth. November 9, 2011 at 07:13 UT (1:13 a.m. CST) the asteroid is expected to pass 0.00160 AU (239,000 km; 149,000 mi) from the Moon. During the close approach the asteroid […]

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Can I Track the UARS Satellite That Is Falling?

Screen shot of UARS tracking graphic from n2yo.com at about 8:50 a.m. CDT showing satellite headed over Madagascar (Chicago time). UPDATE: The satellite is reported to have fallen as it was traveling eastward over Canada, the Atlantic Ocean and Africa between 10:23 p.m. CDT Friday September 23, 2011 and 12:09 a.m. CDT Saturday September 24, […]

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Spacecraft Probe ‘Juno’ Begins 5-Year Journey to Jupiter

NASA has launched a robotic explorer to Jupiter at 12:25 EDT on August 5, 2011. The spacecraft, named Juno, blasted off aboard an unmanned rocket Friday from Cape Canaveral. It will take Juno five years to reach the largest planet in the solar system. Juno is a NASA New Frontiers mission to the planet Jupiter, […]

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