This Week in Astronomy History: April 26 – May 2

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Photo: The opening day ceremony of the Goddard Space Flight Center on March 16, 1961 | NASA – Great Images in NASA Description May 1, 1959: Goddard Space Flight Center […]

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This Week in Astronomy History: March 29 – April 4

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Photo: A mosaic of Mercury images taken by the Mariner 10 spacecraft during its approach on March 29, 1974 | NASA March 29, 1974: Mariner 10 becomes the first space […]

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Deep Space Spotlight: NGC 1365, the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy

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Photo: NGC 1365, aka the Great Barred Spiral Galaxy | ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Lee and the PHANGS-HST Team NGC 1365 is an enormous, visually-stunning spiral galaxy located in the […]

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How to View the Opposition of Mars | The Red Planet at its Biggest and Brightest

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Photo: An artist’s rendition of Mars in proximity to Earth | Getty Images Mars is reaching full opposition on October 13, 2020, when it will be biggest and brightest in […]

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Olympus Mons | The Biggest Hotspot in the Solar System

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Photo: a computer-generated view of Olympus Mons | Dreksler Astral Mars, our closest planetary neighbor, is cool for a ton of reasons—it’s named after the Roman god of war, it’s […]

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View From Mars Hill: The Owl Cluster

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Photo: the Clark Dome | Raymond Dake Photography By Kevin Schindler In the opening scene of the 1963 epic comedy film, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Jimmy Durante’s […]

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Celebrating the 2020 Fall Equinox

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Photo: The rising Sun, as seen through the Fall Equinox horizon marker at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory. What is an equinox? An equinox is the moment at which which […]

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How to View the Opposition of Saturn | The Ringed Planet at its Biggest & Brightest

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Photo: Sanborn/Neugent/Lowell Discovery Telescope/NSF By Madison Mooney Just as Jupiter did on the evening of July 13 and into the morning of July 14, Saturn will appear at its biggest […]

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Astronomy Is for Everyone | National Astronomy Day 2020

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By Madison Mooney National Astronomy Day was started in 1973 by Doug Berger, the president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California at the time. Originally, the day was celebrated […]

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How to View the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

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Photo: An Eta Aquarid meteor streaks over northern Georgia on 29 April 2012. Image Credit: NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke By Madison Mooney The Eta Aquarid (also spelled Eta Aquariid) meteor shower is […]

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Don’t Worry, a Giant Asteroid Isn’t Going to Hit Earth

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Photo: A Doppler radar image of asteroid 1998 OR2, Arecibo Observatory/NASA/NSF By Madison Mooney There’s a lot going on in the world right now, but you can rest easy knowing […]

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How to Observe the Super Pink Moon

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By Madison Mooney The biggest supermoon of 2020, known as a Super Pink Moon, will occur on April 7. However, the “super” and “pink” features of this particular Moon will […]

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