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If I had a Telescope this Summer…

“A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip.” -Author Unknown Each of us has a birthday; mine is tomorrow, August 3rd. And while we’re mucking around here on the ground, the Earth relentlessly orbits the Sun. And while a sidereal year, or the time it takes…

“To correct a natural indifference I was placed half-way between misery and the sun. Misery kept me from believing that all was well under the sun, and the sun taught me that history wasn’t everything.” -Albert Camus Our Sun has been shining brightly for over four billion years now, giving light, heat, and energy to…

“This nebula had such a resemblance to a comet in its form and brightness that I endeavored to find others, so that astronomers would not confuse these same nebulae with comets just beginning to shine.” -Charles Messier Astronomers have been scouring the skies for new discoveries since long before the invention of the telescope. Why,…

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” -Stephen Hawking You’re probably familiar with the standard picture of our Universe. You’ve heard it all before: that the Universe we know of — stars, planets,…

Telescope! Give me sight beyond sight!

“The lessons of science should be experimental also. The sight of a planet through a telescope is worth all the course on astronomy; the shock of the electric spark in the elbow outvalues all theories; the taste of the nitrous oxide, the firing of an artificial volcano, are better than volumes of chemistry.” -Ralph Waldo…

Do You Know Your Nearest Star Cluster?

“If it were worth the while to settle in those parts near to the Pleiades or the Hyades, to Aldebaran or Altair, then I was really there, or at an equal remoteness from the life which I had left behind, dwindled and twinkling with as fine a ray to my nearest neighbor, and to be…

Well, don’t you know I’m gonna skate right through Ain’t nobody do it but me Nobody but me -The Human Beinz If you’re only a casual watcher of the night sky, you might have no idea what the brightest stars are. Sure, if you’re in the northern hemisphere, you probably recognize the Big Dipper, the…

…Like Seeing Ourselves In A Mirror

“I don’t know whether these people are going to find themselves, but as they live their lives they have no choice but to face up to the image others have of them. They’re forced to look at themselves in a mirror, and they often manage to glimpse something of themselves.” -Antonio Tabucchi It’s one thing…

The Coolest Star. Literally.

“It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what’s cool.” -Bill Watterson Well, at least we can all agree on what’s not cool. The Sun. With a surface temperature of around 6,000 Kelvins, the Sun is one of the hottest objects that we’re all familiar with. But when it comes to stars,…

Science > Bill O’Reilly

“How’d the moon get here? Look, you pinheads who attacked me for this, you guys are just desperate. How’d the moon get here? How’d the sun get there? How’d it get there? Can you explain that to me? How come we have that and Mars doesn’t have it?” -Bill O’Reilly Once upon a time, humans…