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Attractive & Rare Mars & Pleiades Conjunction Tonight — Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

by Anura Guruge


They rarely appear this close together (– & PLEASE remember that in reality ‘they’ are over 440 light-years away, & that is to just one of the closest stars in what is a cluster of at least 1,500 stars, each a huge distance apart from the other). This is the closest we will see them over the next 28-years. Enjoy.

Around 8pm, Eastern (U.S.) is great. OK?

Enjoy.


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Claim That Mars Is Closer Than It Has Been In 60,000-Years Is BAD Science — Worthy Of Trump.

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Click to ENLARGE & read. From ‘EarthSkyNews’.


Look at the claim (above) for 2003 & then for 2018 & today.

I am more than willing to admit that We & Mars are rather close together today. I also have NO problems making claims about closeness as long as we don’t go BEYOND 400-years. That is it.

All bets are OFF for distances prior to that. We just don’t know. We don’t have any measurements. We are still trying to nail down orbital distances, shapes & periods.

60,000-years ago. WE HAVE NO CLUE.


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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) Steps In As Naked-Eye Candidate C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Fizzles.

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A brand new comet, discovered in March 2020 — hence the ‘2020 F’ (6th half-month of 2020).

SWAN denotes that it was found by the Solar Wind ANisotropies (SWAN) instrument of the SOHO spacecraft studying the Sun.

Its perihelion date is May 27, 2020.

It could become naked-eye visible in a few weeks. I will keep YOU posted. Promise.


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Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Unlikely To NOW Be Naked-Eye — It Is Breaking Up.

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SHAME.

But, I did say, very clearly — DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP.

I was hoping. I would have liked to have seen another naked-eye comet. The last was 23-years ago! That is too long.

There is a WHOLE generation, in the Northern Hemisphere, that have never seen a naked-eye comet. (Yes, there have been a FEW in the Southern Hemisphere.)

That it started breaking up this far from the Sun is incongruous. But, it is travelling at breakneck speeds, getting faster by the second.

Well, that was THAT. SMILE.

Wait for another.

Waited 7-years for this.


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ANOTHER Possible Naked Eye Visible Comet, C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) — But Let Us Not Get Hopes Up.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2019_Y4_(ATLAS)


This comet looks promising BUT when it comes to comet so many let you down badly. Remember, remember my great comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON). See one of my diagrams below.

We have had a couple more since that failed to deliver on their promise.

C/2019 Y4 is currently around the orbit of Mars.

In a month’s time it will be getting close to us as the top diagram shows.

I will keep you posted. Promise.

If you are interested in comets check my COMET book (below) and here.


Comet ISON IF it had rounded the Sun — rather than getting FRIED by it, because it went so close.


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Did You Know That ‘AOC’, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Has An Asteroid Named After Her?

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Donald Trump will be SO, SO livid IF he ever finds out.

So don’t tell him. OK? Our secret.


23238 Ocasio-Cortez (2000 WU111)


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Link to original.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria_Ocasio-Cortez


This wasn’t recent either! It was named after her c. 2007 — eleven years ahead of her being elected to the United States House of Representatives.

This is pretty impressive stuff. She got this honor, because as a high school senior (aged 18), from Yorktown High School [Yorktown Heights, New York], in 2007, she won second place in the 2007 ‘Intel International Science and Engineering Fair’ for her microbiology project. Wow.

I really don’t know much about her. Did not even suspect this.

Trump will now want Jupiter renamed after him. But, maybe NOT Jupiter. Mars would be more appropriate and it is a GOOD COLOR match.


The asteroid itself had been discovered in 2000 at the Lincoln Laboratory.

A pretty common or garden asteroid in the asteroid belt. Nothing special. Decent size. Just over a mile across. So, not huge, but not tiny either.


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Donald Trump’s Math Isn’t That Good — BUT, I Guess We Already Knew That.

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Click to ENLARGE. Genuine Trump tweet from June 10, 2019. Go check.


Took me a second to realize what he was TRYING to say.

I first thought it was some arcane New York thing.

24/7/365.

Then I had to laugh.

Oh, Dear, Dear, Dear.

YOU know why this is wrong … right? Please tell me YOU KNOW.

This is scary.

Last week it was the Moon being a part of Mars. Today, this. I do worry.


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Venus – Jupiter Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Early Mornings, Mid-January 2019.

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Click to ENLARGE. Base sky map, AS ALWAYS, from neave.com/planetarium/.


I think it will just about clear the tree line. This is just after 6am. Sunrise is not until ~7:15am. So, plenty of time.

Not for I. I will still be in bed. But, wanted to make sure that you early risers knew of this. Enjoy. Let me know what it was like.


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A Brilliant Mars – Moon Conjunction Over New Hampshire, Saturday, June 30, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE. Base sky map, AS ALWAYS, from neave.com/planetarium/.


The Moon does not rise above our trees till around 11:30pm. So, you have to wait for that. Gets better later it gets. Really cool around 1am.

You will still be able to see Mars and the Moon tomorrow (Sunday) and for a couple of days further. But, the Moon will NOT be as fool.

Mars is at a 15-year CLOSENESS, i.e., it hasn’t been this close to Earth in 15-years. So, it is unusually BIG.

Try and catch it. It will be worth it.


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Mars Made Its Closest Approach To Earth In Over 60,000 Years, This Day 14-Years Ago; August 27, 2003.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars#Closest_approaches




I think I remember this. 2003 was a busy year.

Wow, closest in 60,000 years. No that is NOT a typo. That is real. Pretty amazing. There have been quite few Internet HOAXES about close approaches of Mars since then — but they are what they are, hoaxes and nothing else.


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