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Bob King is back from his flight in search of the annular eclipse, and not only did he get spectacular pictures, he's written a whole article about it.

Find out about the flight and the eclipse in his article, "Chasing the Sun at 39,000 Feet," in Sky & Telescope magazine.

Another viewing/photo opportunity is much closer to home and you don't even need any special gear.  Just head out to an unobstructed view of the northern horizon about 10pm and look up into the mesosphere (about 50 miles up) and you may see the pale blue of noctilucent clouds.

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While disgruntled local weather watchers clambered out of bed early Thursday morning, only to be greeted by clouds instead of a (safe) peek at the annual eclipse, Bob King was almost 40,000 feet up in the air, far above the clouds and just about everything else, on his first eclipse flight.

He was invited on the 2021 Annual Eclipse Flight by Sky & Telescope magazine.  Enjoy his description and photos of the flight on their website, here.

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The Curiosity, the Perseverance and China's Mars rover Zhurong are all trundling (or parked) on the red planet at the moment ...

China's answer to Starlink is hoping to add 13,000 satellites to the orbit already home to Starlink's 1600 ... here's an interesting article from March about possible effects on the planet if Elon Musk gets his way and can add 42,000.

Meanwhile, there's a terrific chance to see the International Space Station all night long over the next week or so, and next Wednesday, plan to get up early for the Super Blood Moon Eclipse early in the morning!

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The weirdness of gravity (and you could jump higher on the moon),  and a chance to see bits and pieces of Halley's Comet tonight!

Plus Venus and Saturn return to the evening sky.

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NASA engineers got their "Wright Brothers moment" Monday when the solar-powered Ingenuity helicopter climbled straight up about ten feet, hovered, and dropped down again, the 40 second flight making history.  (You can see the video here: "NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight")

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The sky was just begging us to get out and look at it last week.

From the weekend auroras and the waxing crescent moon to the upcoming waning crescent moon (with appearances from guest stars Saturn and Jupiter), there are all kinds of things for star-gazers to get outside for in the next few weeks.

You can read more from Astro Bob at his blog here:

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So much going on in the skies - if the clouds would just let up so we could see it!

Saturn and Jupiter and going their separate ways these days, but Mercury is waiting in the wings to console us for their loss.

We've intercepted a radio transmission from Proxima Centauri - communication or not?

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The fabulous northern lights forecast for last week didn't materialize - the magnetic field was pointed the wrong way.

Then if you gave up on the Geminids last weekend and went to bed - the skies cleared around midnight.

But there's one last chance to see something cool and magical in the skies, and it's not only visible at a sensible hour, you have a window to see it of at least a week.

You can find more stargazing advice, stories and news at Astro Bob's Astronomy for Everyone.

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Last night, astronomer and photographer Bob King went to the shores of Lake Superior to watch - and photograph - the moonrise.

But for the next week and a half, he'll be making plans for a meteor shower-watching party with his family, and preparing a step-by-step tutorial on how to take fabulous photographs of the Geminid meteor shower and stay comfy and warm at the same time.

You can find more Astro Bob here.

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Prepare to be star-struck this week.

Begin with a week of activities courtesy the Bell Museum's Statewide Star Party starting tonight.  (Click the link for the full rundown of programs)

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You might have to add your own sound effects, but tonight, the OSIRIS-REx will take a crack at obtaining a sample of at least 60 grams from the asteroid Bennu.

  And it has only 16 seconds in which to do it.

  Astro Bob writes:

From the Heavens exhibit at the U.S. Library of Congress. [Public Domain]

Bob King tells us tonight could be a great night to see the Perseids, an annual meteor shower that occurs when the earth passes through the debris left by the Comet Swift–Tuttle.

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We finally have some clear nights in the forecast, and the timing is perfect to see Comet NEOWISE.

By the way, star gazing is a social-distance-friendly activity and your mask may prevent mosquitos from getting up your nose!

Find out more about how to locate Comet NEOWISE here.

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Who needs fireworks when you have a Fourth of July penumbral eclipse to look forward to?

Find viewing information for Duluth here and or your location at this website.

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