What Are You Tellin’ Us, Little Enceladus?

Enceladus hovers above Saturn’s rings as seen by Cassini / NASA As of June 2007, the total number of moons in our solar system stood at 169. When I was kid, that number was 30. Ever since we started sending spacecraft to the planets beginning in the early 1960s, new ones have been popping up like toaster…
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Encounter With The Red Planet

Tonight’s conjunction of the moon and Mars / created with Stellarium The moon is seven days from new phase this evening, and has completed about 1/4 of its orbit around the Earth. Hence the term First Quarter Moon. With clearing in the forecast tonight, you can witness a close encounter between the moon and Mars in the constellation…
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Morning Coffee With The Astronauts

The ISS photographed by Shuttle astronauts last fall / NASA The space shuttle Endeavor recently docked with the International Space Station (ISS), and the pair is now flying like a bright bird every morning across Northland skies. The combined light of the two ships makes it one of the brightest "stars" in the sky. You…
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To Infinity And Beyond

Copyright Akira Fujii / David Malin Images Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story is one of my favorite movie characters. Who can forget his famous line "To infinity and beyond!" It’s almost as good as Star Trek’s "to boldly go where no man has gone before." These words inspire confidence, against all odds, that we will succeed in…
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Free Guided Tours Leaving Tonight

The Pleiades / NASA With the moon as your guide, you’ll get to know many celestial showpieces. As it orbits the Earth in a month’s time, our satellite passes through all the zodiac constellations stopping to "visit" bright stars, clusters and planets. Tonight the thick crescent moon forms a large triangle with the Pleiades, aka…
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