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“For most of the history of our species we were helpless to understand how nature works. We took every storm, drought, illness and comet personally. We created myths and spirits in an attempt to explain the patterns of nature.” -Ann Druyan Here on Earth, we are well aware of how devastating storms can be. From…

“Building one space station for everyone was and is insane: we should have built a dozen.” -Larry Niven Here on the solid ground of the Earth, the Sun and Moon rise and set on a daily basis. During the hours where the Sun is invisible, blocked by the solid Earth, the stars twirl overhead in…

How long does a Solar Eclipse last?

“The moon shuts off the beams of the sun as it passes across it, and darkens so much of the earth as the breadth of the blue-eyed moon amounts to.” -Empedocles, ~450 B.C. Less than two weeks ago, I saw my first annular eclipse, with some spectacular results at the moment of maximum eclipse. This…

Pluto has been Melting!

Sure, astronomers might not call it a planet anymore, but every schoolchild knows how badass Pluto really is. It’s got a giant moon, Charon, and two smaller ones, Hydra and Nix. In addition to being colder than ice with an average temperature of 44 Kelvin (that’s colder than liquid nitrogen), I’m here to bring you…

How Come We Have A Moon?

But I didn’t want one! Stop your whining, Earthlings. We have a serious question to answer, courtesy of Tamara: What’s the moon like below its surface, moving into the interior? And what’s the current thought on its formation? Well, we do know a lot about the Moon’s insides the same way we know about the…

Why Do We Only See One Side of the Moon?

And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes I’ll see you on the dark side of the Moon. One of my favorite readers, Zrinka, asks us why we’re only able to see one side of the Moon from Earth. Seriously, look at the different phases; we always see the same side of the…

You can grow Marigolds on the Moon!

…just bring your own air and water. The BBC is reporting that the European Space Agency has determined that Marigolds, when planted in lunar soil, would be able to grow without adding any extra nutrients. How cool is that?

Lunar Eclipse: Clouded out here!

I was driving home from work at about 6:30 today and noticed the Moon, still orange, hanging low on the horizon. The lower left corner was just starting to be shadowed by the Earth. As it rose a little higher, it turned yellow and then white, as we learned it should. Then we got clouded…

Total Eclipse of the Heart Moon!

As Bonnie Tyler sang, and later The Dan Band (with more cursing), Once upon a time there was light in my life But now there’s only love in the dark Nothing I can say A total eclipse of the heart Well, it isn’t the heart, but this Wednesday night, beginning at 10 PM Eastern Standard…

That Bloody Moon!

The closest you’re going to get from me on Valentine’s Day is something red, dear readers. As the Moon is now a waxing gibbous and will be for the next week, it will brighten the sky for the majority of the night. But before sunrise, it will dip below the horizon and set. The funny…