Cockeyed Optimism

The moon, Mars and Saturn snuggle in evening twilight the next two nights. Themoon passes just under Mars Saturday.  — created with Stellarium It’s a sign of my cockeyed optimism that I’m including this starmap for tonight and tomorrow night. We’ve experienced nearly a week of overcast skies and rain but the show goes on, clouds or…
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Feel That Cosmic Rhythm

The 1000-ft. diameter Arecibo radio telescope built into a natural valley inPuerto Rico — Image courtesy NRAO/AUI/NSF  I walked down the road this morning and caught the mingled smell of apple blossums and wood smoke. Light and dark, these were two smells at opposite ends of the olfactory spectrum. It recalled the opposite ends of…
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A Telescope To See Through The Clouds

The GBT is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. It’s located in Green Bank, West Virginia. Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI  How’s the weather by you? We’ve been cloudy for several nights now, and some of us need our dose of starlight again. Then again, if you’re a radio astronomer, it’s been no big deal.…
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Cassie + Ceph Together Forever

Look due north around 10:30 p.m. to find the king and queen, Cepheus and Cassiopeia — created with Stellarium Farmers, sailors and shepards. Those are the people who created mostof the constellations we’re familiar with today. And they did thismore than 4000 years ago. We inherited the Great Bear, Orion, Leo andmany of the rest from…
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Don’t MISS The ISS; Mars Dirt Up Close

Soil captured in the scoop of the Phoenix robotic arm on its first test dig into the surface of Mars. Scientists speculate that the white patches on the right could possiblybe ice or salts in the soil. — NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona/Max Planck Institute The Phoenix robotic arm has taken its first bite out of Mars…
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