Category Archives: space

“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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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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This is your Last Chance to see a Venus Transit!

June 5, 2012 marks the last opportunity for viewers now living, anywhere in the world, to see a transit of Venus. After this one, the next visible anywhere on the planet will be in 2117, 105 years from now. For … Continue reading

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Earth Partially Shades the Moon on June 4

Eclipses tend to come in pairs, one solar and one lunar, about two weeks apart. The much-touted “annular” eclipse on May 20 is now followed by a partial lunar eclipse on Monday, June 4. This eclipse is visible in part, … Continue reading

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Three Observable Events Coming Up!

I wanted to remind everyone that there is an annular solar eclipse this coming Sunday afternoon (May 20,2012), observable as a partial eclipse throughout all of North America except the East Coast area. An “annular” eclipse is so called because … Continue reading

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