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Celebration of Space - January 15, 2021

Celebration of Space - January 15, 2021

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Now that we are entering the final month leading up to the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance rover’s arrival at Mars, online excitement is starting to buzz. The mission of Mars 2020 is astrobiology, which deals with the origins and ancient evolution of life in...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 14:24:24 EST

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

With the heart of winter bearing down on New England in full attack mode, stargazing starts to sound a bit relentless and the idea becomes as remote as a sunny day at the beach. Though the cold temperatures and snowy landscape can be a cause for thermal co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:00:18 EST

Celebration of Space - January 8, 2021

Celebration of Space - January 8, 2021

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Now that the Moon is waning well into the early morning sky and quickly approaching the new phase on January 13, 2021, super dark sky conditions are returning to our region. Especially over more of the rural areas that are less affected by light pollution....
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 8 Jan 2021 14:36:32 EST

Astronomical Highlights for 2021

Astronomical Highlights for 2021

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Happy New Year everyone. I can’t believe it is 2021! Happy 50th Anniversary to my fellow 1971 graduates of North Smithfield High School. Perhaps later this year we will be able to celebrate this milestone in our lives. For now, I will focus on some of th...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Sun, 17 Jan 2021 16:07:00 EST

2020 - A Year We Will Not Forget

2020 - A Year We Will Not Forget

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Over the past month, I have been thinking a lot on the year 2020. I have heard that it was a terrible year for many, and that we all can gladly kiss it goodbye. I do not doubt that it has been a very hard year for many people, for different reasons. But fo...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 1 Jan 2021 17:03:51 EST

Celebration of Space - December 18, 2020

Celebration of Space - December 18, 2020

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This past Sunday – Monday, December 13-14, 2020 the annual Geminid Meteor Shower peak occurred. A slow starter due to clouds, the Geminids really took off after 10:00 pm. Though not the best display we have seen of the Geminid shower, this year was certa...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 18 Dec 2020 16:16:30 EST