Welcome To My New Book “Wonders Of The Night Sky”

After months parked in front of a computer, I’m thrilled to announce the publication of my new book. The full title is — get ready for this — Wonders of the Night Sky You Must See Before You Die: The Guide to Extraordinary Curiosities of Our Universe. In a a nutshell, it’s a bucket list…
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Tiangong 1 Space Station Reentry Expected Over Easter Weekend

A few facts about Tiangong 1 and a reentry simulation As the kids look for Easter eggs this weekend others will be watching for a falling space station. As reported earlier, the 18,753 pound (8,506 kg) Tiangong 1 spacecraft has been gradually losing altitude as it skim the thin air 150 miles (240 km) high.…
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Buzz By The Beehive Then Zoom Into Copernicus Tonight

The waxing gibbous moon will shine from Cancer the Crab tonight. Cancer’s a faint constellation, so the bright moon will probably obliterate it from view, but if you point a pair of binoculars at the moon and look just a short distance above it, you’ll spot a bunch of stars gathered together in a cluster.…
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Curiosity Celebrates 2000 Days On Mars

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its 2000th Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. With its ice caps, dust storms, glaciers and ancient riverbeds, Mars is like Earth in so many ways. As well, the two planets have nearly identical day lengths and axial tilts (23.5° for Earth, 25° for…
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Look Into The ‘Eyes’ Of March / Hello, Space Station!

When I walked outside at dawn this morning, two eyes glared back. Mars and Saturn stand just 5° apart, close enough to catch the eye of even a casual skywatcher. Mars is currently 8½ closer to the Earth than Saturn, so it appears to move more quickly across the sky as it orbits the sun.…
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