A February Without A Full Moon

Some months have two full moons. This month’s like that with full moons on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31.  The second full moon in a month is called a Blue Moon. January’s Blue Moon’s even more special because it will be totally eclipsed that morning. More on that in a future blog. The average interval…
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Eight Places To Get Ice Cubes On Mars

My kids and wife stay properly hydrated. They always have a bottle at the ready. I drink water when I think of it and would never pass a hydration test. Water is crucial to life. If we ever build a colony on Mars, we’ll need ready access to to Martian ice that can be melted…
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Saturn Mercury Duet At Dawn

I thought we were done with the planets after the crescent moon stopped by on Thursday next to Jupiter and Saturn at dawn. Not on your life. Two more vie for our attention lower down in the dawn sky: bright Mercury and returning Saturn. They’ll really get close too — less than 1° (⅘° to…
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Hubble Beams In On Megamaser Galaxy / More Dawn Sightseeing

Look at this beautiful galaxy. It should really have a flashier name than UGC 6093. How about Megamaser Galaxy? Yeah, that’s better. UGC 6093 is a barred spiral galaxy 500 million light years away in the constellation Leo. The “barred” part refers to the gorgeous arms that swirl outwards from a thick bar of stars…
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Does The Moon Orbit The Earth Or The Sun?

For your viewing pleasure, here’s another look at our planet and satellite from a distant vantage point. The composite image was made by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx’s spacecraft on Oct. 2, 2017 and released this week. The spacecraft was about 3 million miles (5 million km) from Earth at the time and en route to its target, the…
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