Catch The ‘Quads’! First Big Meteor Shower Of The Year

Every January 4,  Earth plows through a trail of debris deposited by an extinct comet called 2003 EH1, and we see a meteor shower. Each grain of dust and small pebble strikes the atmosphere at 94,000 miles an hour (42 km / sec) and incinerates in a bright streak of light called a meteor or…
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2020 Astronomical Highlights … Or Why You Should Never Skip Dessert

I like dessert. I’ll sometimes eat it before the main meal. I tell myself I could drop dead at any time, so why not end it with something sweet? That was my inspiration for compiling this list of the sweetest and best night-sky sights for the brand new year. Of course, there will be dozens…
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Pirx, Halla, Muchatna And More — 100 Alien Planets Get Official Names

People of the world have spoken. 100 alien planets and their suns now have official names. After gathering suggestions from the public for the past six months, 100 new planets — from the currently-known list of 4,160 discoveries —  were officially named as part of the International Astronomical Union’s (IAU) NameExoWorlds Project.  The IAU, which has…
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A Semicolon Conjunction Of Venus And The Moon

The semicolon may be the most misunderstand and least used of the punctuation marks. Periods and commas are a dime a dozen. Exclamation points are overused. But when and where do you stick a semicolon? A semicolon looks like a period stacked on top of a comma and is used to separate two related sentences…
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Have A Very Merry Christmas, Earth

We celebrate Christmas today on a ball of rock 7,917 miles wide. Depending on your latitude, or how far north or south of the equator you live, you’re spinning with the planet anywhere from a mile an hour near the poles to 1,041 mph at the equator. Earth in turn orbits the sun. Its average…
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