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Deborah Byrd

See it! Elusive Uranus at opposition

Uranus – most distant planet visible, barely, to the unaided eye – was opposite the sun this week. Photos from the EarthSky community here.

Watch for Taurid fireballs

North and South Taurid meteor showers happen simultaneously in late October and November. They’re relatively minor showers, but produce a high percentage of fireballs, or bright meteors.

Sunset over Atlantic, from Brazil

Saquarema was once known as Brazil’s surfing capital. Spring is in progress there, and Helio C. Vital says that the sunset is almost back over the ocean.

See it! Moon passes Venus and Mars

Did you see the moon sweep past the planets this week? Spectacular images from EarthSky friends here. Thanks to all who submitted!

More evidence for a Planet 9

No new large planet on the outskirts of our solar system has yet been discovered, although evidence is building, astronomers say. By the way, if Planet 9 does exist … it’s definitely not headed our way.

Lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier

Gary Peltz in Seattle caught this spectacular image of a lenticular cloud over Mt. Rainier on October 14, 2017.

Gravitational waves, and more, from merging neutron stars

On Monday, LIGO and Virgo announced the 1st detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars, and 1st observed in both gravitational waves and light. “It ushers in a new era in astronomy.”

The UK had a red sun Monday

Social media was buzzing on Monday with photos and accounts of the red sun over the UK. British weather forecasters said it was dust from the Sahara, raised via Hurricane Ophelia.

Egg-shaped Haumea has a ring

Dwarf planet Haumea – which orbits our sun in Pluto’s realm of the solar system – has become the first trans-Neptunian object known to be encircled by a ring.

Big Dipper over Horseshoe Spring, Utah

The famous Big Dipper asterism, caught mirrored in Horseshoe Spring, one of many natural hot springs in Utah’s West Desert.