I Really Wasn’t Trying To Avoid You

Fact of life. There are some people and places we choose to avoid either for fear of getting roped into a conversation we don’t care to have or simply because we know what’s better for us. We give these individuals and situations a wide berth. Something like this happens in the sky as well, and…
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21 Candles For Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into space 21 years ago and deployed by the space shuttle Discovery on April 25, 1990. To celebrate its coming of age, astronomers aimed Hubble’s camera at a beautiful trio of interacting galaxies known as Arp 273 in the constellation Andromeda. The larger galaxy has been distorted by the…
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Corvus The Crow Caw-caws Tonight

Crows are smart. Some fashion hooks from twigs to get at food. Yet intelligence is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when most of us think of crows. We’re more likely to associate them with bad omens or their uncanny ability to find a way into our garbage. Whether or not you’re…
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Down The Rabbit Hole Through Gravity’s Lens

I played with lenses as a kid, fascinated by their seemingly magical ability to turn the world upside down, shrink and magnify it. The word lens comes from the Latin word for ‘lentil’ and refers to the biconvex shape of the familiar legume. Glass cut and finely ground into a curved surface can be used…
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Comet Elenin Update And An Invisible Planetary Alignment

Comet Elenin continues to inch its way through the asteroid belt en route to the inner planets. Seen from Earth, it recently moved from the constellation Sextans the Sextant into the more familiar Leo the Lion. Today it’s 242 million miles from the sun and 171 million miles from Earth. Based on its brightness in…
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