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01/20/2017 at 03:30. Facebook
Hubert Drózdzd in Radomsko, Poland posted this image at EarthSky Facebook. [ Bit.ly Link ] He described it as:

"Two years of my solar system photography in one picture."
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01/20/2017 at 01:03. Facebook
Both young and established filmmakers are invited to use real sound recorded in space in a new competition launched by Queen Mary University of London.

Details here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

The sounds offered are all based on data collected by the GOES satellites, which are used in weather forecasting. The competition launches January 19, 2017 and the deadline is July 3.
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yesterday at 21:29. Facebook
The New Horizons team will be discussing the historic Pluto encounter and the spacecraft’s next target in the Kuiper Belt – live on Facebook – beginning at at 4 p.m. EST (21:00 UTC).

Links and info here: [ Bit.ly Link ]

New Horizons is now traveling in the Kuiper Belt, far (far!) from the sun. Here’s an artist’s concept of the spacecraft’s encounter with 2014 MU69 – a Kuiper Belt Object...
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yesterday at 18:09. Facebook
NASA and NOAA announced today that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally – and the 3rd year in a row of record warming – continuing a decades-long warming trend.

More info here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 17:17. Facebook
Today, on January 19, the sun enters the constellation Capricornus the Sea Goat. At northerly latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere, we often find that we can walk on water whenever the sun passes in front of this constellation of the zodiac.

More information at [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 16:05. Facebook
Tonight, treat yourself to a visit with a mythical beast, the constellation Monoceros the Unicorn!

Info and chart: [ Bit.ly Link ]

It’s well placed for viewing in the January evening sky, but you’ll need a very dark sky to see it. Monceros will be out nearly all night long. It’ll be higher up and easier to see in the later evening hours.
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yesterday at 14:40. Facebook
Check out the EarthSky Planet Guide here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 14:09. Facebook
Manuel Dietrich titled this photo 'Speed of Light'. He captured it in the Black Forest of southwest Germany. [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 12:14. Facebook
Karl Diefenderfer in Quakertown, Pennsylvania caught this shot of the moon and Jupiter this morning.

Charts: [ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 12:01. Facebook
If it's still dark where you are, watch for the moon and Jupiter this morning:
[ Bit.ly Link ]
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yesterday at 03:30. Facebook
Watch soap bubbles freeze
[ Bit.ly Link ]
It looks like time-lapse but it's actually in real time!
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yesterday at 01:03. Facebook
Hubble spies exocomets' plunge into star [ Bit.ly Link ]

Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging into the star HD 172555.
EarthSky
01/18/2017 at 21:29. Facebook
Last quarter moon is Jan 19 [ Bit.ly Link ]
Moon rises around midnight. It appears half illuminated from Earth
Photo: Jenney Disimon
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01/18/2017 at 18:09. Facebook
The moon is sweeping past Jupiter around now. In fact, if you know where to look, you can find all 5 bright planets [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 16:05. Facebook
Sunrise over the Currituck Sound, Currituck NC.
Photo: Greg Diesel Walck [ Bit.ly Link ]
#earthsky #helloday
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01/18/2017 at 14:09. Facebook
Drifting in the moonlight. Thy, Denmark, Jan 15
Photo: Ruslan Merzlyakov [ Bit.ly Link ]
#earthsky #underthestars
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01/18/2017 at 12:35. Facebook
Up during the predawn and dawn hours? Check out the moon and Jupiter - plus Spica!

January guide to the bright planets [ Bit.ly Link ]
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01/18/2017 at 03:30. Facebook
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01/18/2017 at 01:03. Facebook
2017 is a lousy skywatching year for Mars, but wait! [ Bit.ly Link ]

Throughout 2017, Mars will appear as a faint and inconspicuous reddish star in our sky. But wait until 2018, when Mars will come closer to Earth than it has since 2003.
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01/17/2017 at 21:29. Facebook
Vesta, brightest asteroid, brightest for 2017 [ Bit.ly Link ]

If you've never spotted an asteroid, now would be a good time to try