Meet The Monster Tonight — How To See Cetus

Some pretty frightening creatures roam the night sky. A serpent, a scorpion, even a charging bull. One of the most fearful that’s made its way via myth into the stars is Cetus, a constellation representing a sea monster. Some picture it as a whale, so take your pick. True to character, Cetus (SEE-tuss) is a big,…
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Can We Really See Other Stars As True Disks? You Betcha!

Stars can be huge – Betelgeuse in Orion is 1,500 times the size of the sun – but they’re so far away that even in the largest telescopes they’re unresolved pinpricks of light. Only the sun shows a substantial disk.  But if you placed it at the distance of even the nearest star system, Alpha…
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Catch A Glimpse Of The World’s End In Mira’s Burning Eye

Big changes are coming for the sun. Hydrogen makes up 3/4 of the sun’s mass, an element it “burns” via nuclear fusion to create the light and energy that stream to Earth every day. As with any fire, there’s leftover ash. For the sun that means helium, the byproduct of the fusion of hydrogen atoms.…
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Meet Miss Wonderful

Yesterday night was splendid for comet photography. Comet Hartley 2 slowly edged in toward the Double Cluster making for a picturesque portrait of two faraway star clusters and one fuzzy green visitor from the inner solar system. I hope you had the opportunity to see the comet yourself last night. Tonight Hartley 2 will still…
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