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Up in the sky tonight: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a cosmic show

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It’s a particularly great night to look up and gaze at the wonders of the universe.

The Delta Aquarids will peak tonight, as depicted in this NASA photo. The lack of a moon in the night sky means dark skies for optimal viewing. Begin looking for these faint meteors after midnight.

The Delta Aquarids will peak tonight, as depicted in this NASA photo. The lack of a moon in the night sky means dark skies for optimal viewing. Begin looking for these faint meteors after midnight.

In addition to a lack of the moon in the night sky, tonight is expected to be clear allowing for folks throughout Connecticut to have a great perspective of the heavens.

Among the highlights:

  • The Dumbbell Nebula, a dying-star remnant located approximately 1,300 light-years from Earth is in the faint constellation Vulpecula. It contains a bubble-like gas cloud lit up by a small star at its center. It should be easily seen by backyard telescopes throughout the region.
  • Aquarids Peak will most visible early tomorrow morning. Although best seen from the Southern Hemisphere, it may be more easily visible given current weather conditions.
Categories: Space
Jamie DeLoma

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