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Celebration of Space - January 21, 2022

Entry Date: Jan 21, 2022

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday, January 24, 2022, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will arrive at its orbital destination, the second Lagrange point (L2), which is just under 1 million miles beyond the Moon. At 2:00 pm EST James Webb will fire its thrusters, inserting... more
Celebration of Space - January 14, 2022

Entry Date: Jan 14, 2022

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday, January 17, 2022 at 6:51 pm EST, the January full Moon will occur, bringing with it copious amounts of moonlight that will light up the potentially snow-covered Southern New England landscape. The January full Moon is also known as the Full ... more
Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Entry Date: Jan 12, 2022

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 7, 2022

Entry Date: Jan 7, 2022

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tonight, January 7, 2022, Mercury will reach the point in its orbit around the Sun where it is at maximum eastern elongation with Earth. What this means is that Mercury will be at its highest point in the evening sky, after sunset, for its current orbi... more