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2/6/2014 - Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission (Link)
2/5/2014 - Link: Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres (Link)
2/5/2014 - Links: The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness (Links)
11/2/2013 - Sun., Nov. 3rd: Solar Eclipse, and Daylight Savings Time ends in the USA
6/5/2012 - June 5th/6th, 2012: Last time Venus will transit directly in front of sun until 2117
11/17/2011 - Lunar Phases Animation

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Link: A Slate.com article about Pluto New Horizons mission
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
03:34:23 GMT


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An article from Feb. 5, 2014, from Slate.com:

Pluto New Horizons mission: The dwarf planet explains the history of our solar system

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Link: Water vapor detected on dwarf planet Ceres
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:37:21 GMT


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An article from Jan. 21, 2014, from NASA.gov:

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

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Links: The M82 supernova is reported to be at peak brightness
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
05:19:43 GMT


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An article from Feb. 4, 2014, from SkyAndTelescope.com:

Supernova in M82 At Its Peak


And an article from Jan. 31, 2014, from Gizmag.com:

The M82 supernova is at peak brightness: How to see it


I haven't yet figured out where in the sky to look for it.

But, hopefully astronomy software such as Stellarium* or Celestia would help.

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Sun., Nov. 3rd: Solar Eclipse, and Daylight Savings Time ends in the USA
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
15:51:30 GMT


From Weather.com:

Rare Hybrid Solar Eclipse Over North America This Weekend: How to See It


It will also be visible elsewhere in the world. From EarthSky.org:

Hybrid solar eclipse on November 3


This might be the first solar eclipse I'll ever see in my life, if it happens to be visible this far west (Hubbard, OH) tomorrow morning.

Note if you're in the USA:

Daylight Savings Time ends tomorrow morning - Sunday, Nov. 3rd.


If you type something like "sunrise in hubbard" (or whatever your town name is) into Google, Google might tell you what time sunrise will be, above your search results.

According to Google, sunrise is 6:56 AM EST (not EDT) in Hubbard, so, since the Weather.com article above says the eclipse should last for about 30 minutes past 6:38 AM in Washington D.C., maybe it will also be visible where I am.

I'm going to prepare a camera and see if I can take some pictures. Apologies if they somehow turn out really stupid-looking. I have little practice taking pictures, I've seldom taken very many at all. (Usually for lack of a camera, but at least that's no longer a problem.)


Edit, posted at 8:16 PM. I should probably point out (even though probably most people know this) that you should always avoid looking directly at the sun.

Here's a page from Exploratorium.edu with details on how to make something with which to safely, indirectly view an eclipse:

A How-To Guide for Viewing Eclipses

If it's visible at all here, I'm only going to look at it on my camera's screen (or in pictures), or maybe with one of the lazier methods listed on that page.

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June 5th/6th, 2012: Last time Venus will transit directly in front of sun until 2117
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
14:48:23 GMT


Just a quick note to point out that a rare astronomical event is soon taking place (or maybe is in progress already, I'm unclear on the details).

Venus is or will be moving directly in front of the sun for the last time until 2117.

Here are some links about it:

Venus Transit: A Planet's Day in the Sun

VenusTransit.Nasa.Gov/TransitOfVenus

TransitOfVenus.org

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Lunar Phases Animation
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
12:33:45 GMT


Here's a cool public domain animation I found in Wikipedia yesterday in the Lunar phase article:

Large Version - 2.46 MB and 450x451 pixels



There's a similar picture with an informative caption at:

Wikipedia: Picture of the day - November 10, 2005

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