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The Inverse Square Law

Or why nearby street lights are bright and distant streetlights are dim The Inverse Square Law is the mathematical description for how the brightness or intensity of radiated energy (such as light) varies with distance. In other words, it describes, … 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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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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The 2012 Quadrantids Meteor Shower

If predictions are correct, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower will peak overnight tonight, at roughly 2 a.m. EST (11 p.m. tonight on the West Coast). To view this shower, find a dark (and safe) location with a clear view of the … Continue reading

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Astrology is a crock

OK, there, I’ve written it and I will not take it back. Astrology is a crock, to be polite. It’s right up there with reading tea leaves and sheep entrails to tell the future. Except for possible contributions of the … Continue reading

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