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Earthshine

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Nov 25 2014, 1739 UT; 3-day moon

Rocket booster fuel dump

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Following the launch of a satellite from California on Dec 13 2014 at 0320 UT, a fuel dump resulted in a bright comet-like cloud becoming visible in otherwise clear skies, as recorded above at 0552, which drifted and faded over the next ~30 mins (1) zeta Herculis and (2) Alphecca.

Algol, The Demon Star

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Asteroid (10) Hygiea

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Discovered 1849 by de Gasparis, diameter 250 miles (4th largest), dist. 225 million miles, mag 10.4 (arrowed). With (1) Tejat, mu Gem. Jan 13 2015,0134UT.

Venus – Mercury close approach

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Crescent Moon – new record

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Jan 21 2015, 1708 UT; 27 hours 54 minutes after New.

15P/ Comet Finlay

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Having undergone a temporary outburst in December 2014 and again in January, Comet Finlay (blue line) has declined to mag ~9.5 in this image. Discovered from South Africa by William Finlay in September 1886. With (a) HIP 114864 in Pisces. Jan 22 2015, 1846 UT.

Moon Halo

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Broad and intense halo circling the 12-day moon, limited here to a 1.6 second exposure. Feb 1 2015, 2341UT. With Jupiter (left) and Betelgeuse (lower right); Castor, Pollux and Procyon enclosed within.

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