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The galaxy just got bigger: Calling all future space explorers to Family Space Day!
February 27, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

ATTENTION FUTURE SPACE EXPLORERS: NASA has just discovered 715 new planets for you to study and learn. But let’s back up a second. Launched in 2009, the Kepler space observatory has been scanning the heavens for earth-like exoplanets — planets existing outside our solar system. The observatory has been able to detect strong possibilities of […]

Go Stargazing! September Edition
September 6, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

Saturn leaves the evening sky in September 2011.  Face west southwest at dusk, and you’ll see Saturn near a star of similar brightness—Spica in Virgo.  Saturn is a bit to the right of Spica as you face southwest. Each night this month, however, Saturn and Spica appear lower and lower to the horizon, until they […]

Water on Mars?
September 2, 2011 · Be The First To Comment

On August 5, 2011, Science Magazine published a paper, announcing that astronomers had observed unusual features on the northward slopes of cliffs in Mars’ southern hemisphere. Strangely, these narrow, dark features are seasonal; they appear in spring and summer and disappear as fall approaches. So far, the explanation that best fits the evidence is that […]

Go Stargazing! August Edition
August 2, 2011 · 4 Comments

Saturn is the only planet visible to the naked eye at night this August.  Face southwest at dusk and you’ll see Saturn near a star of similar brightness—Spica in Virgo.  Saturn is a bit to the right of Spica as you face southwest.   The ringed planet remains well placed for evening viewing and remains in […]



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