The Matter Of The Missing Dust

Astronomers were taking pictures of a much larger, closer galaxy, called NGC 253, when they spied these two galaxies in the background. The otherwise invisible dust tendrils of the smaller galaxy are silhouetted against its neighbor. All photos: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team I came across the first of these three images of galaxies hovering in…
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Cluster Heaven

You can use this map to help you find Auriga. It’s drawn for Monday night (Jan. 5) around 7 o’clock. Auriga is shaped like a child’s drawing of a house lying on its side. It has one bright star, Capella, that twinkles high in the east during the early part of the night. Created with Stellarium.…
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Happy 5th Anniversary!

What the Mars rovers have accomplished under human guidance is nothing short of astonishing. Because of all we’ve learned and all the photos sent back, we no longer have to imagine what it’s like to explore another planet. We’re there.  Now for more good news — From a NASA press release: PASADENA, Calif. — NASA rovers…
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So Familiar Yet Still Mysterious

Isn’t it odd that only one side of the moon is visible from Earth? Every night, every month, every year through the millenia, nothing but that good, old familiar face. You’ll often hear references to the "dark side of the moon", a place some think is steeped in eternal darkness. "Farside" would be an accurate…
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A Minute A Day Keeps The Blues Away

Cover of the 2009 Farmer’s Almanac. Photo: Bob King I’m not a farmer but I love reading the Farmer’s Almanac. It’s been a faithful astronomical companion since I was a teen. Oh, I enjoy the stories about the best pickle making recipes just like anyone else, but I really sink my teeth into the 29-page calender…
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