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Look Up! Look Up at Night!

Hey folks!  Just wanted to let everyone know that Astronomy Day is coming up this weekend!  May 11 is Astronomy Day, and of course, we will be hosting our monthly Stargazing and Laser Light Night to celebrate. Besides the usual night sky viewing with telescopes…

You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Hey there Space Science fans!  I just wanted to post a quick update to wish the Hubble Space Telescope a happy 29th birthday!  This amazing spacecraft and telescope is one of the great triumphs of 20th century NASA and continues to provide incredible images as…

Black Hole, Son

So April 10 will be quite the monumental day in astronomical history.  It will be the day we get to see our first real picture of a black hole. Every image you’ve ever seen of a black hole, including the one below, is not an…

What’s Up?

Hey…what’s going on? I thought maybe it was time for a little sky update.  Let’s talk about things happening in the early evening sky right now. Winter is nearly over, but the sky isn’t quite done with the brilliant stars of winter just yet.  The…

Black Hole Sun

I get this question a lot. What would happen to the Earth if the Sun became a black hole? I think most people hope the answer will involve cosmic disaster…the Earth would be torn apart and shredded in a giant cataclysm!  Let’s face it, we…

Is There Anybody Out There?

It’s a question that we’ve been asking ourselves for a long time (Pink Floyd’s version notwithstanding).  We might be a step closer to finding out the answer. A new look at data from the Galileo space probe which orbited Jupiter for over a decade has…

I’m Still Standing

And so is everyone else on the planet, metaphorically speaking.  That is to say, the world did not end today. Today was yet another in a very, very long chain of predicted days where the world was supposed to end.  We’ve been thinking about the…

It’s Too Late

Well, actually, it’s too early. Sometimes the best observing is done way earlier in the morning than most astronomers would like to be awake.  Unless we’ve stayed up all night…we have been known to do that. If you’re an early (and I do mean early!)…