Category Archives: astronomy

Never to poke your ear with your elbow

Trying to view the Moon tonight (Monday, March 27, 2017) would be like trying to poke your ear with your elbow — you can’t do it and it would not be very bright if you tried. You see, the Moon … Continue reading

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Vesper Shines in the Evening Sky

Any clear night through early March, look to the western sky shortly after it gets dark. You can’t miss that extremely bright “star.” Some have mistaken it for the landing lights of an incoming plane, and in the past it … Continue reading

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How’s Your Altitude (and Azimuth)?

Astronomers use several different coordinate systems to specify the location of objects in the heavens. Some are useful for use with small telescopes, but can be hard to visualize. The oldest and simplest, called Altitude and Azimuth, is no longer … Continue reading

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“Landing” on a comet

On Friday, September 30, 2016, the Rosetta space probe will crash land on a comet. It is not the first time a mission has landed on a small solar system body. In fact, 15 years ago, on February 12, 2001, … Continue reading

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The Equinox: When day and night are not equal

Let’s try this again…. this was originally posted on September 20, 2012, but it is completely valid today with slight changes to the date and time. A lot of people know that on the Equinox, every location on Earth is … Continue reading

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Superstitious about Supermoons The older I get, the more fascinated I become with the tendency of some people to stick to their cherished beliefs when confronted with overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  It’s the same for folks who insist that … Continue reading

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Jupiter in Broad Daylight

April 14, 2013 Update: Last month the Moon passed Jupiter at a time that allowed (relative) easy sighting of Jupiter in broad daylight…. with the unaided eye. In fact it was the best opportunity for several years to come. (The … Continue reading

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