It’s September, Time For My Orion Fix

Each summer, I look forward to seeing Orion return to the morning sky. Hidden by daylight from May through early August, we share the nights instead with the Summer Triangle crew and favorite sky animals Draco the dragon and Delphinus the dolphin. But Earth keeps a movin’ around the sun, displacing one set of constellations for…
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Bye, Bye DST, Hello Orion

Is it that time already? Tonight we throw off the shackles of Daylight Saving Time and turn our clocks back one hour. It’s nice getting that extra hour of sleep, but I never make up for it by going to bed earlier Sunday night. Instead, when it’s 11 0’clock (midnight in DST-speak) I figure it’s still…
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Orion Meets The Moai Monoliths Of Easter Island

Yuri Beletsky, an astronomer and nightscape astrophotographer based in Chile, shared this spectacular photo of Orion bounding over one of the Moai figures on Easter Island. The towering stone figures were carved by the Rapa Nui people between the years 1250 and 1500 A.D. More than 900 were fashioned from stone from a nearby quarry; the tallest stands…
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See The Dawn Crescent Before Its African Eclipse

Many of us are focused on next year’s total solar eclipse which will be widely visible across the U.S., but in truth, eclipses happen every year. Some are total, some are partial and some are annular. On Thursday, skywatchers across central Africa and Madagascar will witness the year’s second solar eclipse. The first in March…
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Deepest Look Ever Into Orion Nebula Reveals Lots Of Tiny Tots

Orion Nebula in July? Sure, why not! Especially when new photos taken in infrared light of the famous star factory in the sky reveal tons of brown dwarfs and gobs of smaller, planet-mass objects.  Astronomers used the wide-field HAWK-I infrared instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to produce the deepest and most…
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