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Celebration of Space - March 1, 2024

Entry Date: Mar 1, 2024

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Now that March is officially here, we are in the last days of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Even though your mind may be either still fixated on winter storms, or daydreaming about open windows and beach days, the springtime brings a lot of intere... more
Celebration of Space - February 23, 2024

Entry Date: Feb 23, 2024

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tomorrow morning, Saturday, February 24, 2024, at 7:31 am EST, the February full Moon will occur. This happens every 29.5 days, when the Moon orbits into a position around Earth where it arrives on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. This is an al... more
Celebration of Space - February 16, 2024

Entry Date: Feb 16, 2024

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Tonight, February 16, 2024, starting about 45 minutes after sunset, the first quarter Moon and the Pleiades open star cluster (Seven Sisters) will put on a stunning celestial dance as they will be in conjunction within 1.5° visibly of each other. Bein... more
Celebration of Space - February 2, 2024

Entry Date: Feb 2, 2024

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Today, Friday, February 2, 2024 is Groundhog Day. Many people associate this day with the humorous story of a groundhog in Pennsylvania emerging to see its shadow or not. But Groundhog Day is actually an astronomical occurrence. It is one of the four c... more