Diminished Daylight in the Dog Days

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a sunset

We’ve now lost 25 minutes off sunsets and 30 minutes off sunrises – that’s an hour daylight change already from the solstice.
Jupiter and Saturn still dominate the evening sky; Jupiter is losing to sunset though. Venus has the pre-dawn covered, rising around 3:30 a.m.
Cassino is making its final orbits around Saturn, before plunging into the planet next month.
This is the 40th anniversary of Voyager’s launch – now approaching the outer limits of our solar system.
Opportunity has been roving on Mars for 13 years, 28 miles. What’s next? Now on the edge of Endeavor Crater, the craft will try to gather evidence to understand how the gullies were created – by water or by some other mechanism.
Last week of prep before the total solar eclipse across the United States.

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