This Week’s Sky: January 23rd-29th

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Monday, January 23rd: Venus shines bright Venus shines bright at a magnitude -4.7 in the sky about a half-hour after sunset.  Currently, it is the brightest object in the night sky, shining 10 times brighter than Jupiter, the second object with the highest magnitude. Look in the southwest sky between …

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Oxygen May Not Always Lead to Life

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The search for alien worlds has expanded into its own branch of astronomical research.  The prospect of finding “Earth Proxima” or Earth 2.0 not only excites the imagination, but also represents a tangible possibility in what could be the near future.  According the NASA’s Exoplanet Archive, as of August 18th, …

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Upcoming Summer Solstice

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Summer is one of the most popular seasons, and for great reason.  Students have a vacation away from their studies, snow and cold weather stay a distant memory, and we can reemerge to the outdoors without having to wear layers of clothing.  Although the warmer weather starts early for many, …

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks August 12th and 13th

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This August, the Perseid meteor shower dazzles dark skies. With the shower’s peak on the 12th and 13th, it’s time to unwrap a nice blanket, choose a clear stargazing spot, and take a moment and simply look up. Considered by many as the best annual sky watcher’s event, we can …

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