Fly Along With The Eclipse Shadow In This Groovy New Video

Fly along with the eclipse shadow on Aug. 21! Want to follow the moon’s shadow as it crosses the continent? In this awesome video you can do just that. The simulation starts off the west coast of Oregon and tracks all the way to the Atlantic. If you’ve picked a destination town along the centerline,…
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Zuben-El-Akrab Gets Pinched By The Moon Tonight

I enjoy a good occultation. Tonight, the gibbous moon occults the star Zuben-el-akrab in Libra. You can watch it snap out of view in a small telescope during the early evening hours. The star is better known as Gamma Librae; the Arabic name translates to “claw of the scorpion,” a reference to the stars of…
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Hook Mercury With The Crescent Moon Tonight

Thank goodness for the moon otherwise few of us would find the planet Mercury tonight. The planet may hang low like the proverbial low hanging fruit, but that doesn’t work nearly as well in astronomy as it does with your apple tree. Haze, twilight and light pollution compromise any astronomical object near the horizon. Mercury will…
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What Will The August 21 Total Eclipse Look Like From Space?

It’s now less than a month before the August 21 total solar eclipse. Many of us have booked rooms or campsites and will drive hundreds of miles to reach the path of totality, where the moon will cover 100% of the sun. On a map, it looks like a black ribbon just 73 miles wide but stretching almost…
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Apollo 11 Anniversary And A Morning Moon Invitation

48 years ago today, humans walked on the moon for the first time. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in the Sea of Tranquillity, an ancient lava plain, at 3:18 p.m. CDT July 20. About 6 ½  hours later at 9:56 p.m., Armstrong emerged from the lunar module; Aldrin followed some 20 minute later. The guys…
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