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    The big one is coming

    Total solar eclipse of November 2012, photographed from Queensland, Australia. Click image to enlarge THE INTERNETS OVERHYPE everything, and everything includes astronomical events. Take, for example, last month’s full moon-eclipse-comet incident. Online media had a whale of a time with that one, with headlines national and otherwise trumpeting it as a Triple Treat, a Stargazer’s Delight, a […]

    Interview with Doug Pagitt: Dark galaxies, exoplanets, and why working scientists don’t pooh-pooh Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Artist’s conception of sunset on Proxima b. Its sun, Proxima Centauri, orbits the stars Alpha and Beta Centauri (the faint pair). Proxima Centauri is the closest star to us (after the Sun of course). Image credit: European Southern Observatory Doug Pagitt has revived his podcast and given it a catchy new title: Tick Talk Take with Doug […]

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    Forget the beach. This summer visit PSO J318.5-22

    It has been an outstanding month for astronomy. On 20 January it was announced that there is strong evidence for the existence of a ninth planet, a real honker orbiting far beyond Neptune (and also beyond poor disrespected Pluto). Then of course there was yesterday’s unveiling of our first direct evidence of gravitational waves, rippling […]

    Now showing: six planets at once

    The planets before sunrise on 25 January. Look here for a 1 February chart. Image courtesy of Sky and Telescope From now until about 20 February you can see six planets at once: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Yes, you’ll have to go out about 45 minutes before sunrise, but that makes it […]

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