See Ya’ At Astronomy Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Astronomy Day, an annual celebration of all things celestial. The weather looks horrible, which is all the more reason to come down to the Marshall Alworth planetarium on the UMD campus for a fun day of talks, sky shows, telescope and meteorite displays, and even a simulated mission to a killer asteroid. Simulated Mars mission (left) and…
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Dog-o-naut Finally Gets Her Bone

Monument to Laika, the first dog in space. It’s located in Moscow — AP Earlier this month, Russian officials unveiled a monument to Laika, one of the world’s most famous dogs. Laika, whose name means "barker", was a two-year-old stray, who was launched into space aboard the Sputnik II spacecraft on November 3, 1957. This was only the second…
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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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