Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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Mission Update: A Successful First Juno Flyby

On August 27th, NASA’s Juno spacecraft made its closest scheduled approach to Jupiter during the first of 36 flybys.  Traveling at 130,000 mph (208,000 kilometers per hour), the spacecraft collected data from an altitude of 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) above the planet’s cloudy surface. During the flyby, all of Juno’s …

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This Week’s Sky: August 22nd-27th

Monday, August 22nd:  Jupiter and Venus continue their close dance in the sky. After sunset they rise 6˚ apart due west.  Venus is the the right of Jupiter.  We can’t forget about Mercury, positioned 4˚ to Jupiter’s lower left.  The Moon is 83% visible as a waning gibbous, with moonrise …

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