David Vs. Goliath — Galactic Struggle Leads To Transformation

Relationships change everyone involved in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. These two very different galaxies, the large barred spiral NGC 1512 and its tiny companion, the dwarf galaxy, NGC 1510, might look like separate entities, but it just ain’t so.  NGC 1512 is classified as a barred spiral because of the large bar of stars, gas and dust slicing…
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Total Eclipse Rewind — July 28, 1851, The First Photo

166 years this week, the first correctly-exposed photograph of a total solar eclipse was made. On July 28, 1851 in the city of Königsberg, formerly a part of Prussia and now the Russian city Kaliningrad, local daguerreotypist Julius Berkowski made his famous exposure. A daguerrotype is a highly polished, silvered copper plate that was treated with iodized silver to sensitize…
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See What The August Eclipse Will Look Like … From Anywhere

There’s so much out there about the August 21 total solar eclipse, it’s like swimming through mud trying to find simple, essential information. But let’s give it a try. Lots of us want to know how much of the sun will be covered from wherever we might happen to be that day. Except for the narrow…
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Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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What Will The August 21 Total Eclipse Look Like From Space?

It’s now less than a month before the August 21 total solar eclipse. Many of us have booked rooms or campsites and will drive hundreds of miles to reach the path of totality, where the moon will cover 100% of the sun. On a map, it looks like a black ribbon just 73 miles wide but stretching almost…
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