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Highlights of the November Sky 2018: Saturn Sets After Sun in SW Sky and Venus Becomes More Visible AM

In November, look for the constellations Pisces, Aries, and Triangulum in the night sky. Saturn sets in the southwest sky in November, but will move toward departing the night sky through the month as it sets earlier and earlier and moves toward the sun at sunset. On January 2, 2018 Saturn sets about the same […]

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Did You See the Beautiful Pre-Hunter’s Moon Overnight Tuesday to Wednesday? Hunter’s Moon Is Tonight

The Hunter’s Moon is tonight, Wednesday October 24, 2018, but last night’s preview was spectacular. There was plenty of twilight remaining from the setting sun as the pre-Hunter’s moon was rising above the horizon just after Moonrise 5:54 p.m. Sunset was 5:58 p.m., but the sky appeared especially bright, even about 7:00 p.m. In autumn, […]

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Best Sunrise Images for Work Week Ending Friday October 5, 2018

Check out the sunrises from Chicago, Arizona, Libertyville and more. Sunrise, Storms, Sunset, Repeat (h/t to @LukeBryanOnline) as we could watch this time lapse all day. pic.twitter.com/ulvRMufOxN — AMHQ (@AMHQ) October 5, 2018 A Beacon of Light – Saturday's Chicago Sunrise #news #chicago #ilwx #weather #lighthouse #sunrise pic.twitter.com/zvioavtYbO — Barry Butler (@barrybutler9) September 29, 2018 […]

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VIDEO: Pair of Helicopters Over Arlington Heights Sunday Afternoon August 26, 2018

Two helicopters heading eastbound over Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights Sunday, August 26, 2018 about 3:00 p.m. Two helicopters headed eastbound over Euclid Avenue over Arlington Heights about 3:00 p.m. Sunday August 26, 2018. Witnesses reported they were loud and that they felt vibrations in their homes as they passed overhead. Anyone know about this […]

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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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