A poster of artistic interpretations of about 500 of the 1,978 known exoplanets or planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Credit: Martin Vargic

1,284 New Planets To Ponder / Moon Meets Jupiter

One planet can be enough. Make that two. One planet to stand on and one to look at. You might find yourself looking at Jupiter tomorrow night (May 14) when the waxing half moon stops by for a visit. The conjunction of these two bright sky objects in Leo will be the night’s naked eye…
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Get Re-acquainted With The Night

Clouds, commitments and a bad cold have kept the stars and I apart for weeks.  Last night’s clear sky finally brought us back together. I can be a miner when it comes to the night, drilling for nebulae, galaxies and comets with my telescope for hours, extracting one glittering gem after another. Other times, I prefer to tilt my…
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Frogs, Lunar Leaps And Cycles Of Change

I was startled to heard the frogs calling again last night. It’s been so cold the past week many of us who live along Lake Superior have been mentally thrust back into winter. But the chorus of peepers along with a dose of soothing moonlight returned me to April where I belong. Maybe you’re experiencing…
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Diagram showing the umbra and penumbral shadows from the side. In a total lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the umbra; in a penumbral eclipse, through the outer shadow. Credit: NASA

How To Watch Wednesday’s Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Penumbral eclipses are for those who like the subtler things in life. During a typical lunar eclipse like the one we enjoyed last September, the moon slips at least part-way into Earth’s dark, inner shadow called the umbra, which bites into the lunar disk in dramatic fashion. In a penumbral eclipse, the moon passes through only the…
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DST March 9S

Oh No, Not Daylight Saving Time Again

Watch out! Here it comes. Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday at 2 a.m. An exercise in delayed gratification, “springing forward” means losing an hour of morning sleep we won’t reclaim until Sunday, Nov. 6. That’s not all – the stars take a big step back. You might you’ll think get that hour back on…
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