Happy Apogee Day!

Moon at perigee (left) and apogee  — NASA The nights are finally getting their voices back. I heard the wood frogs clucking for the first time yesterday evening while out observing with an astronomy group. We toured the galaxies, a few clusters and Saturn, the gem of the spring sky. Meanwhile the frogs sang music to the…
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Cosmic Bees Buzz Spring Skywatchers

Look high in the south around 9:30-10 p.m. to find the Beehive – created with Stellarium Tonight’s forecast is for clear weather so why not step outside and see if you can spot the famous Beehive Cluster in the constellation of Cancer the Crab. I’ve always enjoyed this spooky looking little cloud. To find it, look high…
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A Meteor Shower For The Eternal Optimist

The nearly full moon was a juicy cantelope last night as it rolled up from the horizon richly orange and alone in a big sky. I was surprised by the sight, and stopped right there in my walk for a few minutes of face to face. The wind blew like crazy but the moon kept its cool, mounting above the ponds and trees with…
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Fear Not Phobos

Closeup of Phobos and the crater Stickney – NASA/JPL/University of Arizona NASA recently released several very detailed and evocative photos of Mars largest moon, Phobos taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Named after the god of fear, Phobos revolves around Mars, the god of war. At 17×13 miles, the moon is too small for gravity to crush it into…
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Man In The Moon On Your Doorstep Tonight

Multiple exposure of moonrise over Lake Superior / Bob King Tonight is full moon … or close enough. The actual moment of fullness happens tomorrow morning at 5:25. Most of us are familiar with the face of the "man in the moon" which we create from the dark and light patches on the moon’s face. These…
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