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Hubble Sees White Dwarf Zap Red Dwarf With Cosmic Light Saber

Can white dwarfs wield light sabers? Apparently the white dwarf star in the AR Scorpii system can.  In May 2015, a group of amateur astronomers from Germany, Belgium and the UK came across a star system that was exhibiting behavior unlike anything they had ever encountered before. Known as AR Scorpii, or AR Sco for short, the…
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Make Plans Now For The August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Time lapse of the total solar eclipse from November 13-14, 2012. The pink flames along the sun’s edge in totality are called prominences, while the broad halo around the silhouetted moon is the sun’s corona. You’ll have your chance at seeing this live one year from today. One year from today, the new moon will…
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A Week Of Exceptional Planetary Conjunctions

After a quiet weekend sky-wise, we’ve got a busy week ahead. On Tuesday night, Mars and Saturn will line up with Antares in Scorpius followed on Saturday by the closest conjunction of two naked-eye planets for the year. On Saturday evening, August 27, Venus and Jupiter will approach within a hair’s breadth of each other as viewed…
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Full Sturgeon Moon Part Two

Did you see that big moon last night? August is the time of the Full Sturgeon Moon, named for the best time to catch sturgeon in the Great Lakes. Because the moment of lunar fullness occurred this morning at 4:26 a.m., we get a full moon “spillover effect” or two nights in a row of…
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The Return Of The Queen

In The Return of the King, the final book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, the forces of darkness are vanquished and Aragorn assumes his rightful role as King of Gondor. Every August at nightfall, another royal assumes her place in the sky. She’s Cassiopeia the Queen, one of the sky’s brightest and easiest…
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