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According to clocks in the Americas, a house-sized asteroid will pass safely by our planet on the night of March 21, 2019. For other parts of the world, the pass will come on March 22. The newly discovered asteroid has been designated as 2019 EA2. The Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona first spotted it on March 9, 2019.
-- Earthsky

So is anyone else thinking of this?
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 Pluto now has official names for some of its places.  I'm thrilled with how multicultural they are.  There's only one female, but that's better than nothing.
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I went outside to bring in the stones.  The moon is very white again. It's so bright I can see colors: the dim periwinkle of my gloves, the red of the lawn mower, the green of the stones.  The sky is a dusky blue instead of black, and most of the stars are gone.  It is cold that everything crunches.  The air crinkles in my nose when I breathe.  My coat crackles.  The ground beneath my feet is covered in frost, glittering and brilliant, ice tinkling with every step.  The shadows the tree branches crisscross the ground with black.  It is all very beautiful. 
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We have a fabulous view of the lunar eclipse tonight.  The moon was very bright a couple hours ago, with stars around it, when we set out the stones to be charged.  Now it is all dark with a lot more stars!  Sometimes the color doesn't really change much.  Tonight most of it is black with just a little orange left.  We even got a bit of a diamond ring effect as the last light was fading.  :D 

Sky Watch

Dec. 18th, 2018 12:26 pm
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See the first image from inside the sun's atmosphere

The Ursid meteor shower will be washed out by a full moon, but you might get lucky and see something anyway.

The most distant object in the solar system is Farout.  Yes, really.  <3 geeks.

Check out these pictures from the Geminid meteor shower.
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 ... have been documented.  Wow.

Now I want to name it something like Gypsy Vanner or Callipygia.
 
 
 
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Various tools can help vision-impaired people explore astronomy.

One method turns telescope data into sound, which can reveal interesting patterns. 

Tactile maps also let people feel how stars, moons, and planets are arranged or shaped.

Exomoon

Oct. 4th, 2018 08:56 pm
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 The first exomoon may have been discovered.  It's about the size of Neptune.

Go Pluto!

Sep. 18th, 2018 02:37 am
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 I wondered when science would get around to recognizing this.
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We're being visited by an asteroid. It will pass by us about half the distance between Earth and Luna.   For those of you interested in writing alternate history, it has an estimated diameter in the range of 100-230 feet (32-71 meters).  Here are some impact calculators to estimate the damage.
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 Scientists have discovered a small quantity of liquid water hidden on Mars.  Now I want to go play in the mud.

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