Strawberries With Your Full Moon

Mmm … wild strawberries. Store-bought berries may make your eyes pop, but the wild version wins when it comes to flavor. I haven’t found any wild ones just yet, but I’ve seen so many blossoms it won’t be long. To herald the start of the berry-picking season, tonight’s Full Strawberry Moon will rise all pink…
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Table Salt Discovered On Jupiter’s Moon Europa

A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on Jupiter’s moon Europa — table salt. Planetary scientists at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab have discovered that the yellow patches on the moon’s surface are actually sodium chloride, the chemical name for table salt. Think about that the next time you salt your french…
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Music To Contemplate The Night Sky

I know you like astronomy. Do you also like music that evokes the wonder and mystery of the night sky? When I’m out in the countryside observing I listen to nature, but at home I’ll keep a radio on in the background. When I hear something that fits the mood I try to catch the…
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Lunar Crater Cornucopia And A Glimpse Of The Far Side

Like a middle-aged couch potato the moon’s been developing a paunch, leaving behind its delicate crescent figure and swells into a bulgy 8-day orb. Ah, but there’s beauty in that bulge. It’s filled with thousands of large, overlapping craters many of which you can see in a pair of binoculars magnifying from 7x to 10x.…
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See The Sunbeams Of Summer

Sometimes all you have to do is walk outside and look up to see something amazing to see in the sky. Earlier this week I happened to be driving in the right direction when a ragged cumulus cloud covered the sun, creating a fan of beautiful sunbeams and shadows across the western sky. I stopped…
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