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  • Meet the Moon: A Journey Across The Lunar Terrain
    April 7, 2020

    Meet the Moon: A Journey Across The Lunar Terrain

    It’s a steady presence in all of our lives, but few people take the time to truly get to know Earth’s closest neighbor. In this recurring blog post, accomplished astronomer and astrophotographer Dr. Howard Eskildsen will take readers on a...

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  • Make your own Earth-Moon system model
    April 1, 2020

    Make your own Earth-Moon system model

    It can be difficult for kids to truly understand the Earth-Moon system using just textbooks and websites. In these sources the relative size of the Earth and Moon are often shown incorrectly and the scale of the distance between them...

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  • Spot the Space Station!
    March 31, 2020

    Spot the Space Station!

    The International Space Station has been a fixture in the sky since its first component was launched in 1998, and it is a bright sight to behold if you can catch it. Depending on your location, you may be able...

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  • STEM Zone: Lunar Learning With a Tasty Twist
    March 25, 2020

    STEM Zone: Lunar Learning With a Tasty Twist

    Make a Moon Phase Diagram With Cookies By Dr. Daniel Barth When we first look up at the sky, the Moon is probably the first thing we notice. It fascinates us, child and adult alike, with its changing phases, the...

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  • Auriga Constellation: Visit the Galactic Anticenter!
    February 4, 2020

    Auriga Constellation: Visit the Galactic Anticenter!

     February is an ideal time to catch the Auriga Constellation riding across the northern hemisphere’s winter sky. Known as The Charioteer, Auriga is visible from 90° North to 40° South and plays host to the galactic anticenter, which is the...

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  • STEM Zone: Measuring the Moon's Motion
    January 9, 2020

    STEM Zone: Measuring the Moon's Motion

    Everyone knows that the Moon revolves in orbit around the Earth. But how do we really know this? Can we see the Moon move? Can we measure it? You may have also been told that the Moon’s motion has something to do with the lunar phases, but how can we understand that if we don’t really even know how the Moon moves through space?

    It turns out that the Moon does indeed circle the Earth once every 28 days or so just as you’ve been told in science class, but you don’t have to take your teacher's or textbook's word for this. You can see and measure it yourself!

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  • Meet the Moon: A Journey Across the Lunar Terrain
    January 3, 2020

    Meet the Moon: A Journey Across the Lunar Terrain

    It’s a steady presence in all of our lives, but few people take the time to truly get to know Earth’s closest neighbor. In this recurring blog post, accomplished astronomer and astrophotographer Dr. Howard Eskildsen will take readers on a journey across the luminous face of the Full Moon. We begin with Quadrant 37.
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  • Cassiopeia constellation is a beauty to behold!
    January 2, 2020

    Cassiopeia constellation is a beauty to behold!

    In mythology, Cassiopeia was a vain creature undone by her arrogance. But the circumpolar constellation that bears her name certainly has some celestial beauties worth boasting about. Visible from 90° North to 20° South, Cassiopeia is known for the striking “W”-shaped asterism that is formed by its five brightest stars. Nestled among those stars are some amazing deep sky features. 
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