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Space Always Wins: A Martian Lunar Eclipse And An Exploding Meteor

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In outer space, even the most trivial events are undoubtedly more important on the grand scale than whatever asinine behavior some pop star engages in. This past week offered stargazers two unique events, one of which we’ve never seen before. That would be the video above, which features the first recorded time a planet’s moon has eclipsed another, via NASA. And the second video, seen below, is of a meteor exploding, thanks to Michael Chung.

Most of the images that come from the Mars rover Curiosity are of rocks and the landscape of the Martian surface. A few weeks ago, NASA turned the rover’s Mastcam instrument up to the sky at a point when extra energy consumption was minimal and it was feasible to catch both of the Red Planet’s moons, the larger Phobos and the smaller Deimos, at the same time.

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Get A Good Seat For Tonight’s Perseid Meteor Shower

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Perseid Meteor ShowerIt’s a weekend, it’s the summer, and for most of us, the weather where we live is relatively good, or at least as good as it’s going to be. What I’m trying to say is that this is most likely a good night do so something outside. Maybe you’re lucky enough to live in a city where someone is staging an outdoor screening and sing-a-long to R. Kelly’s epic hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet, but we’re not all that fortunate. So unless you’re one of those privileged few, you have to find other options. Luckily for all of us, Mother Nature is staging one hell of an event this weekend in the form of the Perseid meteor shower. That’s way better than whatever you were planning to do this evening.

Even if you’re unable to pull up a lawn chair and check out the dazzling natural fireworks, perhaps there’s a dense cloud cover or encroaching thunderstorms in your neck of the woods, you still have options. NASA will have the event streaming live starting at 11pm to 3am EDT this evening, and tomorrow the online Slooh Space Camera—which sounds like something from a Dr. Seuss book—will stream the show starting at 7pm EDT. Or you can hang out at Space.com, which plans to host both feeds on both nights. Think of it as one-stop shopping. From what we hear, the best viewing will fall in the hours between midnight and dawn, so you might want to brew a fresh pot of coffee or stock up on Red Bull.