9110 Stars In The Sky, Take One Down, Pass It Around

Sagittarius Star Cloud / Hubble Space Telescope – NASA What’s your guess on how many stars you can see with the unaided eye on a dark night? It’s common to hear people say the sky was filled with millions of stars after returning from a camping trip to a dark locale like the Boundary Waters.…
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A Night At The Museum

Saturn through the telescope / courtesy Jim Schaff My wife gives me good-natured grief about why I look at the same things all the time in the telescope. "Haven’t you seen Saturn before?" Well, yes but some things are worth experiencing over and over. Looking through a telescope is rather like going to an art museum and soaking…
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Hunting For Craters From Space

I enjoy knowing what the weather is like right now anywhere on Earth. So several times each day, I look over the latest images from GOES-8, a US geostationary weather satellite, to keep an eye on where it’s clear and where it’s cloudy. The photos are updated frequently, and can be clicked on to zoom…
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A Matter Of Perspective

   NASA/JPL/University of Arizona  Do you recall what you were doing at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday morning October 3 last year? That’s a tough one but I feel fairly certain that I was just waking up to the sound of my wife’s hairdryer. At that same moment, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft took this picture of Earth…
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Huge Avalanche Seen On Mars

If you haven’t seen it yet, NASA released this amazing image yesterday of a large avalanche on the Red Planet taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter back on February 19. It was recorded by chance as the Orbiter was snapping pictures of Mars’ north polar cap. The slope at left running top to bottom is some 2,300 feet high. The…
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