Moon Occults The Beehive Star Cluster Friday Night

Earlier this week, skywatchers in the southern U.S. got to see the crescent moon cover or “occult” the star Zeta Tauri. Friday night (May 10) the moon will be at it again but this time will pass in front of the Beehive, a bright star cluster in Cancer. Good news. Occultations will be visible over…
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Tempest Brews In The Teacup Quasar

Cup of tea, anyone? I met up with my friend John over the weekend for a cup of tea and conversation. We sat outside and discussed music, birds, books and the state of newspapers. I didn’t get to bring up quasars because I never found an opening, so I missed the chance to tell him…
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Crescent Moon Hangs Over The Hyades Tonight … And More

I’ve been so busy today it only occurred to me now to alert you to a very nice sight in the western sky this evening. A 2-day crescent will shine just above the Hyades star cluster and the star Aldebaran 35 minutes to an hour after sunset. Look low in the west-northwest for the moon,…
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LIGO May Have Detected A Black Hole Eating A Neutron Star For Lunch

When extremely massive objects collide, they produce waves of energy that ripple the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves. Think of them as widening ripples on a pond in the wake of a tossed stone. They’re a form of energy like light and like light, they undulate across space at the speed of light. On April…
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Early Bird Gets The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

We’ve got a little meteor shower happening this weekend. The annual Eta Aquarids will peak on Sunday morning May 5, but if the weather’s poor you’ll still see a few on Saturday and Monday mornings, May 4 and 6. Halley’s Comet is responsible for the shower which produces up to 40 meteors per hour for…
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