Nonstop Flight To Virgo

A potpourri of galaxies. Our Milky Way would resemble the one at upper left.Credit: Courtesy Adam Block, KPNO Visitor Program, NOAO, NSF Spring is galaxy season for amateur astronomers. There are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the entire universe, several thousand of which that you can see in a modest telescope right here on Earth. Even…
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Iridium Madness And A New Look At The Neigborhood

Night owls have lots of opportunities for spotting those flashy Iridium satellites over the next week. Check the table below for times (to the second), how high and in what direction to look, and satellite brightness. Date Time Direction Altitude Brilliance Satellite # May 11 11:00:27 p.m. West Low Spectacular Iridium 65 May 12 10:54:31…
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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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