Thin Crescent Covers The Beehive Cluster Wednesday Morning

I apologize for being a little late with this but wanted to share the news because there’s still time to see it. Tomorrow morning (Aug. 28),  the very thin crescent moon will be making its last pass across the Beehive Cluster in Cancer until June 2026. The Beehive is a naked-eye star cluster that looks…
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Meet My New Book — Urban Legends From Space

Are you tired about hearing how we never went to the moon? Or that contrails made by commercial aircraft are really chemicals sprayed on us hapless humans staring up from below? Then I’ve got the book for you. This winter and spring I was hard at work writing my latest book. It’s about astronomy —…
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R Coronae Borealis Quits Smoking, Comes Clean

Today’s topic is about a fascinating star called R Coronae Borealis (R CrB) in the constellation of the Northern Crown. Unlike most of the stars we see R CrB does not shine with a steady light night after night, year after year. Its brightness varies in a completely unpredictable way. Normally, the star shines at…
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India’s Chandrayaan 2 Snaps First Moon Pic, Preps For Landing / Send Your Name To Mars

I stayed up late last night. Late enough for the crickets, katydids, owls and coyotes to be my companions. The bigger, hairier creatures had mostly gone to bed. Engines had stopped. No dogs barked. The last quarter moon rose around midnight and brightened the sky but not enough to wipe out the Milky Way. This…
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Venus Remains In Hiding, But You Can’t Miss The Waning Moon

Venus has been hiding for weeks near the sun in the morning sky. On Aug. 14 it was in conjunction with the sun. Since that date the solar system’s most reflective planet has been inching into the evening sky. Right now it’s just a few degrees from the sun and hopelessly lost from view in…
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