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Perseid Perfection

Posted: Tuesday, August 7th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm in Sky | Comments Off on Perseid Perfection

What more could you ask? Warm summer weather — a new moon (the darkest night) — and one of the most consistent meteor showers of the year. If you’re willing to give up a little sleep, this weekend should be a wonderful show. On the night of August 12th and the morning of August 13th […]

Red Moon Rising

Posted: Wednesday, February 28th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm in Sky | Comments Off on Red Moon Rising

This weekend (March 3rd) there will be an eclipse of the moon — at least for those on the East Coast. The total eclipse will last for over an hour. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon line up with the earth blocking the sun’s rays from striking the moon. Unlike a […]

Let There Be Lights

Posted: Friday, December 22nd, 2006 @ 6:39 am in Sky | Comments Off on Let There Be Lights

These may be the longest nights of the year, but as seen from space the world is covered with lights. And that makes stargazing and watching meteor showers more difficult. Tonight is the middle of the three day meteor shower called the Ursids. It’s not one of the brightest, but still there may be as […]

The Shortest Day

Posted: Tuesday, December 19th, 2006 @ 5:42 am in Sky | Comments Off on The Shortest Day

The Winter Solstice is almost upon us (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and according to many that brings on the first day of Winter. I wonder if we should tell that to all those digging out from this year’s early snowstorms. But December 21st does, at least, have the longest night and the shortest […]

Water on Mars

Posted: Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 @ 10:35 am in Sky | Comments Off on Water on Mars

NASA released several photos today showing the possibility of water on Mars. They didn’t actually find the water, but by comparing photographs taken in August 1999 with the same location in September 2005, there is exciting news. The new picture shows a major change that occurred some time in the last five to seven years. […]

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