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March/April 2014 Sky Watcher’s Guide

This will be an every-two-months guide to what you can see in the night sky, geared to mid-latitude northern hemisphere observers. The original post with more detailed guidance can be found here. What can you expect to see in March

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You Can’t See That From Here

Take a look at this beautiful time lapse video of the night sky. Ah, if only we could find nice dark skies, we could see such sights ourselves, right?  Well, no.  Actually, you would need to travel to Australia (where

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Printable Star Charts

For those of you found the star charts in the previous post to be useful, you may want something you can print out without draining all the black ink or toner you have. These are the same star maps, but

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Ladies and Gentlemen…Voyager Has Left the Solar System!

To boldly go where no one has gone before… Bigger than Elvis? I would say so. NASA announced today that the Voyager 1 spacecraft launched 36 years ago has finally entered interstellar space, the space between the stars. This is

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Quick Follow-up

Last July, I posted about the possibility that the Curiosity spacecraft might be captured during its parachute descent to the Martian surface by another spacecraft in Mars orbit, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Indeed it was, and the resulting image is

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Flying With Cassini

In the post just previous to this one, you saw some views of Earth and Saturn generated by a very useful online tool, Solar System Simulator. I thought I would use that tool to show you the Cassini spacecraft’s changing

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A Quick Note About Videos

Those of you who read this blog as an email will likely be unable to see the embedded videos that are a part of it. For that you need to go to the blog site itself:

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Astrology Strikes Again

This is just too funny. Some centuries-old news has just swept the Internet—your zodiacal signs have changed! You may not be a Cancer after all—maybe you are a Gemini! Astrology was invented by the Babylonians 5000 years ago and is

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Neal Sumerlin

Neal Sumerlin, retired Professor of Chemistry and founding Director of the Belk Observatory at Lynchburg College