Scientists Pumped About Close Flyby Of Asteroid Apophis On April 13, 2029

It may be Friday the 13th, but for astronomers it will be a lucky day. On April 13, 2029, a speck of light will streak across the sky, getting brighter and faster. At one point it will travel more than the width of the full moon within a minute and get as magnitude 3.7, equal…
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The Ursa Major Moving Cluster — A New Way To See The Big Dipper

The best way to look at the stars is to lie flat on your back. If you do that in April and May you’ll stare straight up at the Big Dipper. Even if you live in a light-polluted location, the Dipper is relatively easy to see this time of year because it’s high in the…
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Celebrate Astronomy Day Today … In Duluth!

If you’re in or near Duluth, Minn. today would be an excellent day to celebrate the cosmos. The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium on the University of Minnesota-Duluth campus will host Astronomy Day 2019 in conjunction with the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. The fun starts at 2 p.m. with activities for people of all ages, hands-on demonstrations…
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Listen To The First Marsquake / Japanese Blast Hole In Asteroid Ryugu

First Likely Marsquake Heard by NASA’s InSight on April 6. All the sounds were detected as ground vibrations by InSight’s seismometer and sped up by a factor of 60 to make them audible to our ears. Mars is a rumblin’. This week, the InSight lander team shared the news of the first recorded marsquake. The…
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Itchy Eyes From Allergies? Watch For Pollen Coronas!

For many of us, allergies kick in this time of year. Tree pollen is often the culprit. These tiny “male” granules often ride the wind to pollinate nearby flowers and in the process land in our eyes and get stuck in our noses. Although the grains are harmless, our immune system goes on the attack…
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