April’s Pink Moon Biggest Of The Year

Named for the color of the early spring phlox flower April’s full moon falls on Tuesday the 7th. Pink seems appropriate for a full moon. It often appears pinkish-orange when it’s low in the sky around the time of moonrise. That’s because the moon’s light must travel a long path through the lower atmosphere where…
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The Show Ain’t Over — Venus Pleiades Conjunction Continues

Did you see Venus and the Pleiades last night? Although it was mostly cloudy at my place a few holes provided several quick viewing opportunities. For me there were two surprises. First, I could still see the little trapezoid of stars to the right of Venus with the naked eye. I thought the glare of…
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Pleiades Preview And How To Get Great Moon Shots With A Smart Phone

Clouds have threatened the past couple day but each night a starry window opens, and Venus returns in pursuit of the Pleiades. What fun to see the two draw closer and closer until Venus literally invades the cluster’s space on Friday night. I wanted to share these photos with you to whet your appetite a…
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You’re Kidding, Right? — Science On April Fools’ Day

Today is April Fools Day. Normally, I’d write my own devilish take on an astronomy topic but instead want to share two fascinating “scientific” papers that I hope will give you a laugh. If you’ve ever read a professional paper you’re familiar with the precise wording scientists us use to communicate their research. Terminology is…
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See Venus Glide Through The Pleiades On Friday April 3

It’s not enough that the dawn planets have captured our attention over the past couple weeks. Now Venus wants to get into the act. In a highly anticipated event — one that occurs only once every 8 years — Venus will pass in front of the iconic Pleiades star cluster. That’s right. It will plow…
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