The 2016 Winter Solstice

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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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

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

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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