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Celebration of Space - January 15, 2021

Entry Date: Jan 15, 2021

Published Under: 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 lif... more
Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Entry Date: Jan 8, 2021

Published Under: 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 therma... more
Celebration of Space - January 8, 2021

Entry Date: Jan 8, 2021

Published Under: 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 pollut... more
2020 - A Year We Will Not Forget

Entry Date: Jan 1, 2021

Published Under: 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. Bu... more