Thursday, July 18, 2024

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Tag: Astronomy

Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

EYES TO THE SKY: Find Orion or Gemini and tell ‘Globe at Night’: Here’s how

Globe at Night is the international organization that has created a way for individuals to report what stars we see in just one constellation in the cycle or cycles you choose.

EYES TO THE SKY: Visit the wilderness – look up to the sky

The preservation of the world depends on each person’s recognition that in wildness is the preservation of a robust self.

EYES TO THE SKY: Planet Mercury crosses Sun today, Venus and Jupiter meet on the 24th

The next Transit of Mercury visible in its entirety from our location will be in 2049.

EYES TO THE SKY: Worldview: Origin of our Sun, solar system, ourselves

Grand Mesa Observatory in Colorado, under the direction of Terry Hancock, offers on-site and remote access to unpolluted skies.

EYES TO THE SKY: All night planets Saturn, Jupiter. Overnight astronomy holiday

All summer, Saturn will be visible at least until midnight, before setting in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast.

EYES TO THE SKY: Groundhog, Lion, Valentine and Venus

As societies lose their relationship to nature, the Sun is the “the elephant in the room” during seasonal festivals.

EYES TO THE SKY: Sky-high drama! Total eclipse of the Moon 20th to 21st. Paired planets epiphany.

See January’s shining Full Wolf Moon go dark, the stars appear in a nearly moonless sky and the brilliant orb return to full light, outshining all but the brightest distant suns.

EYES TO THE SKY: Stars of astronomy and space shine at NEAF

For me, the astronomy forum centered around two days of riveting lectures that included 'Einstein was Right! Completing the 1919 Relativity Experiment at the 2017 Solar Eclipse,' 'The History of the Universe from the beginning to the end: Where did we come from, where can we go?' and 'Preventing an Asteroid Extinction.'

EYES TO THE SKY: Star wheels, key to constellations; best-of-year meteor shower

The concept of a planisphere -- a chart of the sphere of the sky drawn for viewing in two dimensions – originated centuries ago; its hands-on format makes it an exciting introduction to the night sky.

EYES TO THE SKY: Crescent-phase Venus gift of amateur astronomer; Lyrid meteor shower

I looked up toward the sun in the clear sky and was baffled for a moment. I thought, “How can we see Venus in broad daylight?”

EYES TO THE SKY: Vernal equinox, Mercury at dusk, NEAF

On this, the vernal equinox, let’s pause together to notice sunrise due east on the horizon and the higher arc our star draws as it climbs and then descends to its due west position on the skyline.

EYES TO THE SKY: Turn-of-the-year astronomy

Most of us are focused on one simple aspect of the astronomy of the season: the solstice that occurred on December 21. Unless we look closer, the fact escapes us that the darkest mornings of the year begin this Thursday, the 29th.

EYES TO THE SKY: Super Moon tomorrow morning, brilliant Venus every evening, meteors the 17th

Viewing the moon close to the horizon, either rising or setting, is the most dramatic time to see it in any phase and at any time in its orbit.

EYES TO THE SKY: Celestial – and human – companions for long nights ahead

In astronomy circles, there is grave concern that interest in getting to know the night sky is especially low among young people.

EYES TO THE SKY: Five planets – awe-inspiring conjunctions, comings and goings

Each successive night, see Mars in a changed position, having moved in an easterly direction in relation to Saturn and Antares.

EYES TO THE SKY: Planets through the night — a picture guide

Mars and Saturn are at their brightest and visible from nightfall until before dawn. On May 30, Mars orbits closest to Earth.

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