In Praise Of Fall’s First Day

“What’s your favorite season?” Lots of us ask or are asked this question, and the most common answer I hear is “fall.” People like the colors, the cooler temperatures and the get-down-to-business feel of the season after a summer of heat, sloth and mosquitos. For me, fall and winter are equals followed by spring and…
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Solar Odyssey — The Parker Probe’s Sizzling Mission To The Sun

NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe on Aug. 12 on a mission to a star — our very own sun! You’d think it would be easy to drop down to the center of the solar system under the power of the sun’s gravity. Like rolling a rock downhill. No, no, no. It actually takes 55…
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The Sun, An Ordinary Yet Extraordinary Star

Sometimes I have to remind myself that the sun is a star. It seems so singular, so incredible. Our planet turns to face it every day, so it’s easy to take for granted. But every so often I look up and take a quick, wincing look at that glaring disk. Feel the intensity of its…
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Minimalist Sun May Stoke Aurora Tonight

It’s been a long time, but skywatchers in the northern U.S. states have a shot at seeing the aurora beginning at nightfall tonight through about 1 a.m. (Central Time). We’ve been in a dry spell for northern lights for some time now. That’s not surprising considering that the sun is slouching toward the next solar…
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All In A Day’s Sky / Full Flower Moon Tonight

First, I want to remind you to look for the Full Flower Moon both tonight and tomorrow night.. Perfect timing. I’ve seen plenty of different flowers in the past couple weeks including bloodroot, anemone, nodding trillium, marsh marigold and several varieties of violets. The reason we have two nights of full moonness has to do…
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