Rings N’ Things

The clouds departed last night and left a spectacular sky in their wake. Saturn and Regulus were just two pinky fingers apart, and a real eye-grabber high in the southern sky. The great hunter Orion, and his retinue of winter pals, had toddled off to the west, while a whole new slew of stars pushed up from the east like so many shoots…
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A Celestial Crown For Northlanders

Facing east around 9:30-10 p.m. this week – created with Stellarium I bet you didn’t know there was a crown over your head these spring evenings. Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is easy to find if you can locate the Big Dipper. The constellation represents the crown worn by Princess Ariadne of Crete when she…
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More Iridium Flares, Aurora Watch

More of those bright Iridium satellites will be flaring in the night skies this coming week. Check the table below for times for our area. The times are precise and given in hours, minutes and seconds. Watch for a slowly moving "star" to grow steadily brighter, reach a peak of intensity and then fade away —…
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Early Risers Catch Jupiter-moon Duet

The fun still continues this afternoon and evening at the planetarium on the UMD campus. Astronomy Day goes on despite the spring snowfall. Don’t miss tonight’s guest speaker, Dr. Lawrence Rudnick, at 6:30 p.m. when he presents his program on "The Greatest Impact: We are Stardust." Look southeast tomorrow morning to find the moon and Jupiter – created…
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See Ya’ At Astronomy Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Astronomy Day, an annual celebration of all things celestial. The weather looks horrible, which is all the more reason to come down to the Marshall Alworth planetarium on the UMD campus for a fun day of talks, sky shows, telescope and meteorite displays, and even a simulated mission to a killer asteroid. Simulated Mars mission (left) and…
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