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The Event^ Horizon 2017/12/15

Saturday, December 16th, 2017

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Triple-Treat SkyWatching This Week!

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

This week’s night sky offers a solar system triple-treat, with the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday night/Thursday morning (12/13-12/14) – a close grouping of Jupiter, Mars, and the crescent Moon on Thursday morning (12/14) – and a near-Earth pass of the Geminids’ source, 3200 Phaethon, on Saturday night (12/16).



Geminids, NASA/JPL

The Geminids; so-called because the shower appears to radiate from constellation Gemini; is a typically prolific event, with frequent fireballs and peak rates of dozens of meteors per hour – and the  meteors, themselves, are bright and often leave long trails. This year’s event should be especially fruitful, with a morning crescent moon offering darker skies for better viewing. has already reported 40+ fireballs in the past three days, so peak night could be especially exciting. UPDATE: reported 475 Geminid fireballs, as of 12/14!


The Event^Horizon 2017/12/08

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

My thanks as always  to Starstorm  for the links this week

BlackProjects ISS Image

ISS TRAIL across the Stars


AFM_SpacePirateRadio_2017/12/06_Its A Space Pirate Cluster

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

The sun’s blank right now. Not even bothering with a link.What’s up in the sky:
Fri, Dec 08, 23h Regulus 0°.7 S. of Moon, Occn.
Sun, Dec 10, 08h LAST QUARTER
Wed, Dec 13, 02h Mercury in inferior conjunction
Wed, Dec 13, 16h Mars 4° S. of Moon
Thu, Dec 14, 14h Jupiter 4° S. of Moon
Thu, Dec 14, 19h Vesta 0°.2 N. of Moon, Occn.
Times given in UT. These events, and more can be found at:


Wave at NASA’s Planet-Hunting Spacecraft!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

On Sunday, Dec 10 / Monday, Dec 11, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope will be imaging Earth and the Moon for a full 30-minutes, and NASA encourages all of us to wave for the photo!

Launched in 2009 as one of NASA’s Discovery missions, the planet-hunting spacecraft has since discovered thousands of candidates, more than half of which have been confirmed as exoplanets. With the craft’s fuel supply now dwindling, NASA wants to capture an image of a known inhabited planet – and the obvious target is our very own home!

You can visit the Wave at Kepler page to determine the wave time and Kepler’s sky location for your region, and browse NASA’s Kepler and K2 mission pages to learn more about the Kepler Space Telescope’s pursuit.

For a little pre-wave fun, check-out this cool 2009 Kepler lift-off gif by Walter Scriptunas! You can also browse more of Scriptunas’ fantastic launch photography, here.



The Event^Horizon 2017/12/01

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Thank you Star Storm for the links this week


Aqua4U shared 2 of his images​re/jpl/pia21972/jupiter-blues