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Partial lunar eclipse…

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A  partial lunar  eclipse is happening this afternoon,  so if you live in one of the places where it can be seen,  you can use this event as a prelude to the total solar eclipse in a couple of weeks.

UPDATE:  We have  some photos  in,  taken from some of the places offering really fine views of the event.

 

 

 

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August 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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Record-breaking super-moon…

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The biggest and  brightest super-moon  in almost 70 years is headed our way on the eve of November 14th.   It will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average full moon, so it really will e special for us regular sky-watchers,  not just the astronomers.   If you miss this even, you’ll have to wait until 2034 to see something as spectacular,  so mark your calnedars!

 

 

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November 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm

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Olbers Paradox…

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German astronomer Heinrich Olbers  famously pondered  the “dark sky paradox” two centuries ago,  and suggested that hydrogen gas was blocking us from seeing all the stars at night.

His theory was dismissed,  but thanks to the Hubble Telescope,  we know know there are enough stars to fill the night sky,  as Olbers thought,  and  it appears the German may have been correct about why we couldn’t see them.

 

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/why-it-gets-dark-at-night-astronomers-prove-theory-olbers-paradox-a7360931.html

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October 23, 2016 at 10:06 am

Peering for Perseid…

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This is supposed to be a great year for watching the annual Perseid meteor shower,  but I was outside at the appropriate time and didn’t see a single one.   That was hugely disappointing,  but I’ll try again.  You should too,  because a meteor shower is such an amazing phenomenon.

 

 

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August 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

Look up!

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If you go outside and look up at the sky Tuesday night,  you  may see  what could account for the Star of Bethlehem.

 

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July 1, 2015 at 12:21 am

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Exploding asteroid…

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Some residents of a city in Slovakia got a  frightening light  show when a meteor exploded upon entering the atmosphere.   Let’s hear it for dash-cams!

 

 

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April 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

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Colorful cosmic cluster…

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One of the telescopes at the La Silla Observatory in Chile has taken a lovey photo of Star cluster NGC 3532,  which was actually the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope back in the 1990’s.

More conventionally known as the Wishing Well Cluster or Football Cluster,  this grouping is 300 million years old,  which means it is entering its twilight years in astronomic terms.   Not to worry —  it’s still bright and big,  even from 1,300 light-years away,  but until you’re in one of the places on earth you can see it from,  enjoy this  beautiful shot  of the cluster.

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November 28, 2014 at 10:15 am