Flat Is Where It’s At

Looking west around 9:30-10 p.m. tonight — created with Stellarium If you haven’t yet found the planet Mars this season, you can use the moon to guide you there tonight. As an added bonus, the two bright stars Castor and Pollux in the constellation Gemini, add sparkle to the celestial gathering. The moon, the sun and…
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Show And Tell

The Milky Way last night from dark, rural skies. – Bob King/News Tribune One of the small joys of being photo editor at the News Tribune is sharing the day’s photos in a "show and tell" display at our afternoon budget meetings. This is when we decide what stories will go on page one and the local news covers.…
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To The Southern Cross As The Crow Flies

A May night in Key West, Florida — created with Stellarium Wow, the moon was fine last night. An unexpected clearing revealed a thin, crisp crescent in the fading twilight around 8:45 p.m. By 9, Mercury was easy to see directly below it. My daughter and I stopped on our walk to admire the scene…
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Fly You To The Moon

Earthrise over the moon — NASA/Apollo Want to get a taste of flying to the moon? The Planetary Society is working with NASA to collect names to send to the moon on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The names will be put on a microchip and affixed to the spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch later this year.…
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A Glimmer Of Summer

Vega and Lyra around 10 p.m. in early May — created with Stellarium Well, I tried to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower (see yesterday’s entry), but the sky was cloudy at 3 a.m. Yes, it was clear at midnight, and yes, it was clear at dawn. Must have been a plot by those southern hemisphere…
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