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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. …

Lightning and the Thunder

They say that lightning never strikes twice. Tell that to Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Richard Gordon. They were the crew of Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the Moon.  Thirty-six seconds into the flight, lightning struck the Saturn V launch vehicle carrying them…

The Times They are A-Changin’…

Hey there!  Recovered from the time change yet? It’s always a bit weird when we “Fall Back” or “Spring Ahead.”  Suddenly things you did in daylight happen in the dark…and things you did in the dark are now happening after sunrise!  I could write volumes…

See You in September

Ah…September.  Fall is arriving…the weather is cooling off…everyone is excited to be getting back into the school year routine… Okay, I get it.  Only on television is September actually cool…here in Virginia it’s still plenty humid and sticky.  And back to school is only a…

Blinded by the Light

Have you ever seen a satellite crossing the sky?  It’s kind of cool.  Satellites become visible because their solar panels and other reflective surfaces catch the light of the Sun and then reflect that light back down to Earth at night.  How can they reflect…

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…

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…