Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

As the moon’s shadow raced towards us, nearly upon us, I realized the cicadas had stopped their incessant chirping. That sound is so ubiquitous, its absence was obvious. As the moon fully blocked the sun, it was as if someone had turned out the lights. The difference between 99% and 100% is dramatic – it has to be seen to be believed. 

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Oh, the things you’ll see. Look up. Look up and you’ll see such amazing things.


8th grade scholars at McAuliffe Charter School are finishing a trimester-long expedition, “To Space and Back.”


This week the Perseid meteor shower peaks and, fingers crossed, conditions will be ideal for viewing. The morning of the 13th should provide the best viewing.


A Pluto Primer

05Jul15

Here’s the basic information you need to know about this little ball of rock at the edge of the solar system.


People can get involved in planetary science without an advance degree, powerful telescope or even leaving the comfort of their homes: Help the IAU put together a list of potential names for features on Pluto and its largest moon, Charon.


Rosetta Arrives

06Aug14

Comets have fascinated human beings for longer than recorded history. They are beautiful, unpredictable and not well understood. The Greeks thought of them as stars with long hair. The Chinese kept records of comets dating from 1600 BC. It wasn’t until 1705 that scientists realized that some comets orbit the sun on a regular timetable. […]