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Whatever Gets You Through the Night

Hey everyone!  I’m excited to share some great news with you! While we still do not consider it safe to resume in-person stargazing events, we have decided to try to bring some stargazing to you where you are!  This Saturday, October 10, will be our…

Turn and Face the Strange Changes

Change seems to be what life is all about right now. My daughter, like so many other kids right now, has begun school again…and it’s changed.  I’m still writing these from my breakfast nook, even though I have been able to go back to work…

Cosmic Strings ALERT: Comet NEOWISE

Holy cow, people!  We’ve got a comet! 2020 has been a pretty tough year.  So much stuff has happened…too much.  I’ve not had anything good to say about 2020. Until now. It’s been a long time since the northern hemisphere has had a naked-eye visible…

I Like to Move It!

Hello friends!  If you’re anything like me, the novelty has definitely worn off staying at home.  I know it certainly has for my high school age daughter.  School (such as it was) is now over for her…and boredom is creeping in.  And life has become…

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Hubble Space Telescope!  You’re 30 years old now! It’s really hard to believe.  We’ve all become so accustomed to seeing the amazing images brought to us by Hubble, it seems impossible that it’s been around for only 30 years.  And at the same…

One is the Loneliest Number

Imagine an astronomer.  Go ahead, I’ll wait. Did you picture a lone man, high atop a mountain in a cold observatory, peering silently through his gigantic telescope into the depths of space?  If we continue the classic movie trope, he is making a final triple…

The Circle of Life

Pi is a very surprising thing. Pie can also be very surprising.  In fact, surprise pie has long been a staple of physical comedy.  But right now I want to focus on this kind of pi: π Pi is the number you get if you…

The End

Well friends, it’s the end of an era. In May of 1977 I was 8 years old…I would not turn 9 until November.  I was not yet the space science geek I am today…in fact, my parents loved to watch Space 1999 on television, and…

Bad Moon Rising

Actually, there’s nothing bad about the Moon…but it’s always a good day when you can reference a CCR song. In fact, if you can join us for our monthly stargazing and laser light night this Saturday, we’ll show you something pretty cool about the Moon. …