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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Amazing Astronomy News  ★  August 22nd, 2017

★ ★ ★ Colloquially known as the Great American Eclipse, a total or partial eclipse was visible for much of the United States and partly in other Northern Hemisphere countries. The path of totality stretched through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, southern Illinois, western Kentucky, Tennessee, and South Carolina.

★ ★ ★ Solar eclipses in recent years occurred mostly across the oceans, central Africa, and southern South America — a total eclipse in March 2015 came close to Iceland. The total eclipse of August 21st, however, crossed over millions of people in the United States — many folks came from other areas in the USA and beyond in hopes of witnessing a spectacular corona. Therefore, a myriad of photographs were captured ... and of course were posted on social media! Here are some photos of the eclipse (↗) from EarthSky.

★ ★ ★ The nearest Sun-like star to our planet, Tau (τ) Ceti, is believed to have four planets sized similarly to Earth! More details available in this EarthSky article (↗).

★ ★ ★ The Cassini spacecraft's last look at Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is expected to occur on September 11th. According to EarthSky (↗), "There are now fewer than five orbits left in the Grand Finale until Cassini’s awe-inspiring mission at Saturn comes to an end."

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The background has three Hubble Space Telescope images, which are accessible at this Hubble webpage:

— LH 95 is a star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, Dorado constellation.

— Ant Nebula (also called Menzel 3) is an aptly-named planetary nebula located in the constellation Norma.
— Egg Nebula (also called CL 2688) is a protoplanetary nebula in the constellation Cygnus.

HubbleSite Image Links: LH 95, Ant Nebula, and Egg Nebula