Venus Remains In Hiding, But You Can’t Miss The Waning Moon

Venus has been hiding for weeks near the sun in the morning sky. On Aug. 14 it was in conjunction with the sun. Since that date the solar system’s most reflective planet has been inching into the evening sky. Right now it’s just a few degrees from the sun and hopelessly lost from view in…
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Lie On Your Back And Watch The Stars Go By

What better way to watch the stars than on your back with hands tucked behind your head. The coolness of the grass and contact with the Earth feel so comfortable. Easy on the neck, too. Let me suggest you face south. That way you’re aligned with the meridian, an imaginary semi-circle that starts at the…
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Cosmic Rays Make The Moon Glow Brighter Than The Sun

If your eyes were sensitive to every form of light, a rainbow wouldn’t end at red and violet. Beyond red you’d see infrared, which we sense as heat, and beyond that the microwaves that cook your food and radio waves that carry music and news to your FM radio. After violet lies ultraviolet (responsible for…
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Nights Of The Barley Moon

Just a reminder that the moon will be full around 8:30 tomorrow morning (Aug. 14) Central Time. That means both tonight and tomorrow night the moon will rise about 99.5 percent full. For most of us it will appear full with the naked eye and only betray a slight out-of-roundness in binoculars or a telescope.…
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Amateur Discovers ‘Churymoon’ Orbiting Rosetta’s Comet

Sometimes a pile of data and an eye for detail are all you need to make an amazing discovery.  Several months back, Spanish astrophotographer Jacint Roger spotted an object orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko while mining the Rosetta image archive. In case you forgot, Rosetta was the European mission that rendezvoused with the comet in August 2014 and…
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