Seeing The Starlink Satellites — Let’s Try This Again

I know a lot of you including myself didn’t get to see the most recent batch of 60 Starlink satellites that launched on Jan. 6. They simply didn’t clear the horizon from many U.S. locations or were visible before dawn for only a few brief seconds. But recently I’ve noticed they’re making some nice appearances…
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Throw Canis Minor A Bone For Goodness Sake

We’re naturally drawn to the bright and obvious in the night sky. Everyone knows Orion the hunter and many of us can find Sirius in Canis Major the Big Dog. Ditto for the Big Dipper. All this attention-grabbing leaves the lesser constellations to ply the sky with far fewer admirers. Let’s do something to correct…
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Stardust Found In A Meteorite Illuminates The Sun’s Birth Story

Wonder where all the stuff that made the solar system came from? Trees, rocks, clouds, air … even your dog. They all started as gases formed shortly after the Big Bang, combined with dust blown into space by later generations of stars. The solar system coalesced 4.6 billion years ago from within a denser clot…
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Mars Makes A Move On Its Rival Antares

I like to think I know my way around the sky, but the other morning I was lost. Just for a moment. I had to get up early to speak at an event. Fortunately, the sky was clear so I took in a 360 of the spring stars while loading the car in the subzero…
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January’s Full Wolf Moon Dabbles In The Dark Arts

It’s always a good night when I hear the wolves howl. The sound enhances the wild, ancient quality of the night sky, the grandest wilderness of them all. Wolves, which howl more frequently during the wintertime breeding season, give their name to January’s Full Wolf Moon, which occurs Friday, Jan. 10.   That night, the moon…
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