The Milky Way Is Hiding A Fat Slice Of The Universe

Hungry for starlight I drove 25 miles north of my light-polluted city to where the Milky Way still glows with its ancient vigor. A throng of stars twinkled above the cold, snowy Earth. I looked up and wondered out loud “where have you been all these nights?” Gleaming with a fire-like intensity, they looked like…
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Beautiful And Surprising Contrails

I looked out the window this morning to see this amazing set of contrails. Contrails are the narrow ribbons of cloud that form behind high-flying aircraft. They’re a frequent sight if you live under a commercial airlines flyway. Airplane engine exhaust, along with water vapor in the air, condenses into clouds of small water droplets…
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Shine Your Little Light, ISS

People sometimes complain there’s not enough light in winter. Darn sun never seems to stick around for very long. Yet many of us are starting to notice the increase in the amount of daylight. Today (Jan. 19) the sun lingers over my town for an additional 35 minutes compared to the late December. But who’s…
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Seeing The Starlink Satellites — Let’s Try This Again

I know a lot of you including myself didn’t get to see the most recent batch of 60 Starlink satellites that launched on Jan. 6. They simply didn’t clear the horizon from many U.S. locations or were visible before dawn for only a few brief seconds. But recently I’ve noticed they’re making some nice appearances…
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Throw Canis Minor A Bone For Goodness Sake

We’re naturally drawn to the bright and obvious in the night sky. Everyone knows Orion the hunter and many of us can find Sirius in Canis Major the Big Dog. Ditto for the Big Dipper. All this attention-grabbing leaves the lesser constellations to ply the sky with far fewer admirers. Let’s do something to correct…
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