Category Archives: nature

Reflections of an Eclipse

Snappy title, huh? Actually, it should be, “Using a Mirror to View the Total Solar Eclipse,” but I thought that a bit dry. (Image of the McMath Pierce Heliostat mirror at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. Credit: NSO/AURA/NSF ) If … Continue reading

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The Last Total Solar Eclipse in the USA

I have seen references several times lately online, including an article in Popular Science, stating that the last total solar eclipse visible from the United States was in 1918. This is simply not true. There have been several total eclipses … Continue reading

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Do Flat Earth Believers Have a Mental Flaw?

The funny — and very annoying — thing about conspiracy theorists is that they are willing to believe in an intricate and complicated fabrication far more complicated, and far less supported by any reasonable evidence, than is provided by standard … 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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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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The Equinox: When day and night are not equal

A lot of people know that on the Equinox, every location on Earth is supposed to get 12 hours of daylight. In fact, the term “Equinox” means “equal night,” signifying that the period of night should equal the period of … Continue reading

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Curiosity lands on Mars, the Perseids & More

The next Martian rover, dubbed “Curiosity,” is scheduled to land this coming Sunday evening NASA’s newest and most ambitious unmanned Martian rover mission to date is scheduled to land on the Red Planet on Sunday (5 August, 2012, North American … Continue reading

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