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Spot the Planet Uranus with the Naked Eye
August 25, 2010 · 1 Comment

The “Great Planet Race” in the western evening sky this summer is beginning to wrap up; Venus has caught up with Mars as they both leave Saturn behind. As these planets set in the west, though, another rises in the east at about 9:30, and will have cleared most buildings and trees by 10 p.m. […]

What Galileo Almost Saw
December 2, 2009 · 1 Comment

Throughout this International Year of Astronomy, 2009, we have been thinking back on Galileo Galilei and the historic discoveries he made with is telescope back in 1610. However, it’s also interesting to reflect on a discovery that Galileo almost made–the planet Neptune. Galileo Galilei photo credit: dizarillo Astronomers did not become aware of  Neptune until […]

Eight is Enough?
August 16, 2008 · 6 Comments

photo credit: CommandZed Two years ago this month, the International Astronomical Union adopted a new definition of ‘planet’ which excludes Pluto. Not only do I, as Planetarium Astronomer, continue to get questions about Pluto’s ‘demotion’, but scientists themselves continue to debate it. Right now (August 14-16, 2008), a conference called “The Great Planet Debate:Science as […]



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