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Ira Machefsky
The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon
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Total Lunar Eclipse in Israel, January 21, 2019
Early Monday morning, January 21, 2019, a total eclipse of the moon will be visible from Israel and most of the Western Hemisphere. Here are the timings of the eclipse in Israel: Timings of the January 21, 2019 lunar eclipse. These timings are exact for Tel...
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Comet 46P/Wirtanen Shines Brightly in December Skies
Comet 46P/Wirtanen, the brightest comet of 2018, puts on a good show in winter skies this month. It is well placed for viewing through most of the night. It should be visible to the naked eye in reasonably dark skies and with even small binoculars or a tele...
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Astronomy Projects for Children this Fall
The main spectacle in the night sky this summer and on into winter has been the presence of (at times) all 5 of the naked eye planets in the sky simultaneously. Right now there are “only” 4 as Mercury has moved into the dawn sky, but I can’t remember ever s...
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Review of the Perseids Meteor Shower Star Party
Well, the Perseids have come and gone for the year. The night was beautifully clear and dark. One of the best I have seen this year. The Alpaca Farm set up a wonderful location for the star party, dark skies and plenty of space to sit or lie down and watch ...
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Perseids Meteor Shower Star Party Sunday August 12, 2018
The best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids , peaks this year (2018) on Sunday night August 12 into early Monday morning August 13. The shower has peak rates of over 100 meteors per hour, and since it occurs in the warm summer months is a popular summe...
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Century's Longest Lunar Eclipse July 27, Tu B'Av!
The century's longest lunar eclipse is on Friday night July 27, Tu B'Av on the Jewish calendar. And lucky you if you live in Israel because you will have one of the best front row seats. Those living in the Americas and Canada, sorry! The eclipse ends befor...
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2018: Best Summer I can Remember for Viewing Naked Eye Planets
This is the best summer  I can remember ever for viewing the naked eye planets. All five, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, are all visible in the early evening sky, sometimes as many as four at one time! These are all the planets known to  the anc...
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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks this Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, April 21-22
If you stay up to watch past midnight on the morning of April 22, the crescent moon will have set, the radiant will be high in the sky and you should see a good display of meteors . The peak number of meteors per hour tends to run 10-20 in a moonless sky, n...
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Welcome to Spring, March 20, 6:15Pm IST
Astronomy Israel welcomes you to the official beginning of Spring which occurs at 6:15pm Israel Standard Time on March 20, 2018. This is astronomically called the Vernal Equinox , Vernal meaning "spring" in Latin, Equinox, meaning "equal night" in Latin, as...
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