Aldebaran, Full Moon, Venus, and more in this week’s sky

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Check out the main astronomical actors taking the stage for astronomers to watch for the week of January 7th through the 14th. Happy stargazing! January 7th: The Little Dipper Look straight down from Polaris, known as the North Star, to find the dim Litter Dipper January 8th: Aldebaran and the …

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Aldebarán, Luna Llena, Venus, y mucho más en el cielo esta semana

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Mira los principales actores astronómicos en la etapa para los astrónomos ver por la semana del 7 del enero a el 14 del enero. Feliz observación de la estrellas! El 7 del enero: La Osa Menor Debajo de la estrella polar, conocido como la estrella del norte, buscará La Osa …

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Daughters of the Stars

Female astronomers at the Harvard College Observatory.

  Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, William Herschel, and Edwin Hubble.  Perhaps these names sound familiar, and for good reason. Each made profound advancements in astronomy.  Copernicus first proposed that the solar system was heliocentric rather than geocentric.  Galileo fiercely defended the Copernican model, is credited with creating the …

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The 2016 Winter Solstice

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The solstice is upon us, and for readers in the Northern Hemisphere, this means winter is coming. Astronomically, tonight ushers in the winter season as the Northern Hemisphere experiences the longest night and shortest day of the whole year.  The solstice occurs at the exact moment when the Northern Hemisphere …

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Dentro de nuestro Sistema Solar: El Planeta Mercurio

Mercury's Horizon. Image Credit and copyright: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mercurio es el primer planeta de el Sol y es el pequeñísimo por la medida. El diámetro sólo mide 4,879 kilómetros, pero no te dejes engañar el medida porque tiene un medio ambiente extremo. La temperatura puede alcanzar a aproximadamente 430 grados Celsius, sólo que bajar casi 1.000 grados a …

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The Roundest Identified Space Object

From years of observation, scientists confirm the distant star Kepler 11145123 as the roundest natural object studied in the observable universe.  Most toy solar system sets represent the planets as perfectly rounded, all orbiting an equally circular sun. Aside from the completely inaccurate sizing of the planets relative to the …

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Monday’s Unique Supermoon Won’t Repeat for Another 18 Years

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The Moon will appear slightly larger on Monday, November 14th in a phenomenon appropriately called a “supermoon”. The last time a supermoon as large as Monday’s happened was in 1948.  If you miss this opportunity, you’ll have to wait 18 years to witness the Moon’s exceptionally grandeur appearance. A supermoon …

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This Week’s Sky: October 9th-15th

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Sunday, October 9th: Mercury emerges close to the horizon during twilight hours.  Look below the constellation Leo to spot the faint and fast moving world.  Although tricky to spot even with a clear eastern horizon, it’s a wonderful opportunity to try. By next week, Mercury will be even lower to …

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Signing Off: The ESA’s Rosetta Spacecraft

After nearly two years, the first mission to a comet concluded on Friday, September 30th when the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft performed a controlled impact into comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  The decision to terminate the mission resulted from the extensive distance Rosetta orbited from the sun, causing a shortage in solar energy to …

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This Week’s Sky: September 25th-October 2nd

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Sunday, September 25th: Venus will rise low in the west-southwest horizon about a half-hour after sunset. The Andromeda galaxy can be spotted using the constellation Cassiopeia as a reference, using the lower right vertex of the constellation’s W-shaped formation as an arrow pointing towards the galaxy.  The Moon is 28% …

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