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How to Easily Memorize All Eight Phases of the Moon

What most people know about the moon is that it orbits Earth, and there may or may not be a giant face carved into it. But the luminescent orb contains multitudes that might interest layman stargazers, and understanding its phases is a good place to start. Memorizing a simple mnemonic device can help your pursuit […]

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How to Easily Memorize All Eight Phases of the Moon

What most people know about the moon is that it orbits Earth, and there may or may not be a giant face carved into it. But the luminescent orb contains multitudes that might interest layman stargazers, and understanding its phases is a good place to start. Memorizing a simple mnemonic device can help your pursuit […]

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When to See the Lyrid Meteor Shower Light Up the Night Sky

In addition to a Super Moon and warming spring air, April comes with tidings of space rocks. Beginning April 16, Earth will traverse the tail of the comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which will see the Lyrid meteor shower streak across the night sky. Of course, this isn’t the same as glancing upwards to witness the […]

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When to See This Month’s ‘Pink Super Moon’ at Peak Brilliance

With a new month comes fresh opportunity to experience the full moon you may have been too nonchalant to witness four weeks ago. This month, the forthcoming celestial wonder will brighten skies and presumably streak across Instagram feeds, as the pink Super Moon emerges again on April 26, about a year and six weeks…Read more… […]

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When to Watch This Month’s ‘Worm Moon’ at Its Peak Brilliance

This year’s celestial calendar is in full swing, with the next visual treat primed to appear in the night sky on Sunday, March 28: the Worm Moon. This particular moon will be large and easy to spot as it hangs high above the Earth, as it always does during its annual March appearance. Here’s more […]

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Watch the Moon and 3 Planets Line Up at Dawn

It’s easy enough to spot the moon, but it can be much harder to figure out which of the dots in the night sky are the planets. You see a particularly bright object and wonder, if it’s a planet, a particularly luminous star, or perhaps, a plane. Well, over the next three days, identifying the […]

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Watch the Moon and 3 Planets Line Up at Dawn

It’s easy enough to spot the moon, but it can be much harder to figure out which of the dots in the night sky are the planets. You see a particularly bright object and wonder, if it’s a planet, a particularly luminous star, or perhaps, a plane. Well, over the next three days, identifying the […]

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When to See February’s ‘Snow Moon’

Winter in the U.S. has been brutal in 2021, as snow blanketed the entire eastern seaboard and icy conditions spread as far south as Texas, causing the electrical grid to go offline. A reprieve from the frigid hell should be welcome, and it’s coming in the form of a very large full moon on the […]

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When to See February’s ‘Snow Moon’

Winter in the U.S. has been brutal in 2021, as snow blanketed the entire eastern seaboard and icy conditions spread as far south as Texas, causing the electrical grid to go offline. A reprieve from the frigid hell should be welcome, and it’s coming in the form of a very large full moon on the […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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How and When to Catch the Brightest Planets on Display Throughout February

Over the past two months we’ve been treated to some pretty amazing things in the night sky. February, on the other hand, is a little quieter—especially when it comes to planets. Of the five planets we can usually see with the naked eye (those would be Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn), really, only Mars […]

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SpaceX Nabbed NASA’s SPHEREx Launch Contract

SpaceX may be a lot of things conflicting things, but you have to admit one thing: NASA approves. So much so that it’s going to use SpaceX as launch company for the SPHEREx program.Read more… Continue Reading at https://jalopnik.com

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Blip: Astronomical Phenomena

Have you ever seen a full turbonic solar eclipse? It’s mesmerizing. It happens when the sun is blocked by the rising of the Great Turbo, which compresses our air to greater densities, improving humanity’s performance for the same amount of human displacement. The glowing area around the turbine is called a corona, and… Read more…

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How to View Tonight’s Wolf Moon

Tonight we’ll see the rise of the wolf moon, the first full moon of 2021. Oddly enough, peak illumination begins at 2:16 p.m., when the moon is not generally visible. But don’t let the sun ruin the moon’s first big day this year; you can get a good glimpse right around sunset.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to View Tonight’s Wolf Moon

Tonight we’ll see the rise of the wolf moon, the first full moon of 2021. Oddly enough, peak illumination begins at 2:16 p.m., when the moon is not generally visible. But don’t let the sun ruin the moon’s first big day this year; you can get a good glimpse right around sunset. Read more…

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How to View Tonight’s Wolf Moon

Tonight we’ll see the rise of the wolf moon, the first full moon of 2021. Oddly enough, peak illumination begins at 2:16 p.m., when the moon is not generally visible. But don’t let the sun ruin the moon’s first big day this year; you can get a good glimpse right around sunset.Read more… Continue Reading […]

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How to Spot the Mythical Green Flash (Which Is Actually Very Much Real)

Though it sounds like some type of superhero—specifically the unlicensed off-brand kind that hangs in Times Square—the “green flash” is actually a real thing that you can see in the sky with your own eyes. And while we know the green flash exists (there is plenty of photographic evidence), it has reached more of a…Read […]

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