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Leap years: proof that Earth is always running late
February 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware 2016 is a leap year. February will have 29 days as part of a four-year mathematical cycle that has been observed in the Gregorian calendar since 1582. The reason we do this? To make up for a slight discrepancy in the Earth’s orbit around the […]

Wonder Women of STEM: Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American female astronaut.
February 20, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

Editor’s Note: This post is the fourth in a series featuring influential women from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields in the lead up to HMNS’ annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) event, February 21, 2015. Click here to get involved!   We’ve seen some amazing women in STEM, but none are quite so out […]

Go Stargazing! September Edition
September 2, 2010 · Be The First To Comment

Venus and Mars have left Saturn behind in the night sky (check out my earlier blog on the position of the planets). You can spot the star Spica in between Mars and Venus during this time of year. (Spica is similar to Mars in brightness and closer to Venus than to Mars).   Cloud structure in The Venusian […]

This month, see a ‘Hairy Star!’
February 20, 2009 · Be The First To Comment

An unexpected visitor graces our skies this month.  Comet Lulin is now visible through binoculars in late evening and morning skies.  It makes its closest approach to Earth on February 24, when it may even be dimly visible to the naked eye! photo credit: tlindenbaum Comets are made of ice and dust and are often […]



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