Happy Earth Night! Watch The Moon And Jupiter Tomorrow Morning

Happy Earth Day, too! Earth’s still my favorite planet. The only one you where you can inhale deeply and smell a season. After watching the sky for years, you start thinking about our planet as more of a mobile observatory, cycling around the sun with ever-changing vistas of the stars, moon and planets. Like the…
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Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight

Ah, the Lyrids. First meteor shower of the year you can mellow back and watch in pleasant weather. The annual shower, spawned by dust left in the wake of Comet Thatcher, will peak on Monday morning (April 22) in the wee hours before dawn. Normally, we’d see about 15 meteors an hour streaming from just…
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Hubble Space Telescope Feeling A Little Crabby On Its 29th Birthday

Astronomers took this stunning photo of the hourglass-shaped Southern Crab Nebula to mark the Hubble Space Telescope’s 29th birthday. On April 24, 1990, the Hubble was launched about the space shuttle Discovery. Since then it’s contributed both to our understanding of the universe and provided photos depicting scenes of great beauty. Each year the telescope…
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Full Broken Snowshoe Moon Shines Tonight And Friday

There are many names for full moons, most of which trace back to Native American peoples and the early colonists. April’s full moon is traditionally known as the Full Pink Moon, named for the flower moss pink or ground phlox, which blooms across eastern North America in April. Other native tribes know it as the…
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Universe’s First Molecule Detected Around A Dying Star

Trillions of degrees. That was the temperature a fraction of a second after the Big Bang. So darn hot it took 380,000 years for it to cool down enough for individual protons and neutrons to come together to form the first atoms. Cool is a relative term. The temperature at the time simmered around 6,700°…
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