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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

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Night sky guide for March 2018

While February had no full moon, March will host two of them - one on March 2 and the second, blue moon, on March 31. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere - New Moon - is on...

March 01, 2018

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Partial solar eclipse of February 15, 2018

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina and Antarctica on February 15, 2018. The greatest eclipse will take place at 20:52 UTC. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun today, creating a solar eclipse. However, the alignment will not be...

February 15, 2018

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Night sky guide for February 2018 - Partial Solar Eclipse

After super blue blood Moon on January 31, we are heading toward our next celestial event on February 15 when a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica. The best time of this month to observe faint objects such as galaxies...

February 01, 2018

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Super blue blood Moon and total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018

A rare astronomical event will take place on January 31, 2018 - the third in a series of supermoons, the second full moon of the month known as the blue moon and a total lunar eclipse which will make the Moon take on a reddish tint, known as a 'blood moon.'...

January 30, 2018

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Night sky guide for January 2018 - Supermoon, Quadrantids, Blue Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

A Full Moon Supermoon will take place early January 2 (UTC), Earth will reach perihelion (closest point to the Sun) on January 3 and Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak on January 4th. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and...

January 01, 2018

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Night sky guide for December 2017

The year ends with the first and last supermoon of the year, the first of 3 over the next 60 days, one royal meteor shower, and December solstice. Hopefully, this year made us all stronger, wiser and ready for what's to come in 2018 and beyond. December 1 -...

December 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for November 2017

November brings us peaks of 2 notable meteor showers, Northern Taurids (Class II) on November 11 and Leonids (Class I) on November 18. The Moon will be 24 days old during the peak of Taurids and 30 during Leonids, presenting minimal interference. We also have peaks...

November 01, 2017

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Impressive reentry of Russian SL-4 rocket body over Dubai, UAE

An atmospheric reentry of a Russian SL-4 rocket body created a spectacular show over the Middle Eastern countries late Monday, October 16, 2017, witnessed and recorded by numerous people. The event lasted more than 55 seconds and was visible from Iraq, Bahrain, UAE...

October 16, 2017

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Night sky guide for October 2017

October 2017 has two meteor showers, one minor - Draconids, on October 8, and one major - Orionids, on October 21 and 22. Draconids will be mostly blocked by the nearly full moon, but Orionids will present an interesting opportunity as the crescent Moon will set...

October 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for September 2017

There are no major (Class I) meteor shower peaks during this month. Instead, we have two minor ones (Class II), Aurigids on September 1 and September Epsilon Perseids on September 9, with an estimated number of meteors per hour of 6 and 5, respectively. We'll...

September 01, 2017

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Large fireball recorded over Krugersdorp, South Africa

A large fireball was observed and recorded over the South African city of Krugersdorp at 16:59 UTC (18:59 SAST) on August 22, 2017. The object had a bright blue-green color and lasted for more than 4 seconds. It was recorded by Jan Breytenbach over Krugersdorp but...

August 23, 2017

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Total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017

A total solar eclipse will take place on August 21, 2017, starting over the Pacific Ocean at 15:46 UTC (08:46 PDT) and moving inland over the continental United States. Although 14 US states will witness the total solar eclipse, regions seeing, at least, a partial...

August 21, 2017

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Partial lunar eclipse of August 7, 2017

A partial lunar eclipse will take place on August 7, 2017, with the greatest eclipse occurring at 18:20 UTC. It will be visible from eastern Europe, throughout most of eastern Africa, central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Australia. This lunar eclipse will begin at...

August 07, 2017

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Night sky guide for August 2017

Solar eclipse chasers, especially those living in the United States, have waited for this month for many years. On August 21, a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the US will make the Moon completely block out the Sun - total solar eclipse, revealing the...

August 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for July 2017

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry us to our furthest point from the Sun - aphelion - at a distance of 1.02 AU on July 3. Technically speaking, this marks the moment when the Sun appears smaller in the sky than at any other time of year, and when...

July 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for June 2017

Although meteorologists often take summer/winter to start on June 1, northern hemisphere's summer and southern hemisphere's winter will officially begin on June 21 with June Solstice at 04:15 UTC. The Moon will reach its full phase at 13:11 UTC on June 9....

June 01, 2017