Meet My Dog

Sammy resting happily on Planet Milk Bone — illustration by Bob King with help from the Hubble Space Telescope OK, she’s no Canis Major but she is our family dog. Meet Sammy, a mix of border collie, husky and, according to my older daughter, a touch of chow-chow. We picked her up at the animal…
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Moon Points To Saturn Tonight

I just took a peek outside and it’s a calm, clear night. The moon is in its first quarter phase and looks like half a communion wafer. If you’re planning on going out, that’s good, because just to the left of the moon are two celebrities of the sky, Saturn and Regulus. Saturn’s been paired…
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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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