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Observatory Parameters
Oct 20
Ashburn
Clouds: Seeing:
Waxing Crescent
08:02 19:18

Acknowledgements

This website stands on the shoulders of these giants (listed alphabetically):

Aladin Lite
Online sky atlas used in the telescope simulator.
Dark Sky
For the weather forecast service
Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke
For the Revised NGC/IC catalogues
FamFamFam flag icons
Incredibly popular icons of country flags.
Font Awesome
Lightweight icons implemented as a web font.
Forecast.io
Beautiful weather forecast.
Fred Espenak
Calendar of astronomical events based on Fred Espenak's calendar.
GeoLite2
Automatic location detection based on IP addresses.
Google Sky
Based on the Google Maps engine, lets us browse the night sky.
NGC/IC Project
Thousands of images for NGC objects.
Saguaro Astronomy Club
They provided the initial deep sky objects database.

Astronomy Articles

· Universe Today

Good News Everyone! There are Less Deadly Undiscovered Asteroids than we Thought

According to a new analysis, the number of undiscovered and potentially-hazardous asteroids could be lower than previously thought. The post Good News Everyone! There are Less Deadly Undiscovered Asteroids than we Thought appeared first on Universe Today.
· Universe Today

Looking for Signs of Life on Distant Planets Just Got Easier

A recent study from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has produced a new 3-D model for determining exoplanet habitability. The post Looking for Signs of Life on Distant Planets Just Got Easier appeared first on Universe Today.
· Space.com

Orionid Meteor Shower 2017: When, Where & How to See It This Weekend

Some of the brightest and swiftest shooting stars will bedazzle the night sky this year during the Orionid meteor shower, which will peak between Oct. 20 and 22 and continue through early November.
· Space.com

2017 Orionid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend: What to Expect

Over the next several days, you may get a chance to glimpse a "shooting star" in the predawn hours, as the Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak.
· Space.com

Image of the Day

Amalthea, the largest of Jupiter's inner satellites, casts a shadow on the giant gas planet in this photo taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft.
· Space.com

Meltwater From Glaciers May Have Flowed on Ancient Mars

A study suggests that past temperatures on Mars could have sometimes peaked just above freezing, allowing meltwater to carve out distinctive features.
· Space.com

Spacecom Returns to SpaceX for One, Possibly Two Launches

Israeli satellite operator Spacecom has agreed to launch its next satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX in 2019, and will likely launch a second satellite on another Falcon 9 in 2020.
· Space.com

Catch a 'Falling Star': Exploring Meteor Showers with Mobile Apps

Autumn brings longer and darker nights for skywatchers, as well as a bonus: an upswing in meteors, the bright and transitory trails of tiny particles that burn up as they plunge into Earth's atmosphere at tremendous speed.

Astronomy Quote of the Day

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” Vincent van Gogh
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