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Deborah Byrd

Astronomers confirm Earth has an asteroid buddy

It’s the best and most stable example to date of a near-Earth companion, or “quasi-satellite.” It’s a small asteroid called 2016 HO3. It travels along with Earth in orbit around the sun.

See it! Orionid meteors this weekend

This weekend’s Orionid meteor shower didn’t disappoint. EarthSky community photos, here.

Young moon, refracted by atmosphere

Wonderful timelapse from Mike Cohea showing the October 20 young moon – only 1.3% illuminated – setting over Newport, Rhode Island, being refracted by Earth’s atmosphere. 

Young moon returns to evening sky

The moon is back in the evening sky, and will soon sweep past the planet Saturn.

Watch for Taurid fireballs, too

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.

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.

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.