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Celebration of Space - March 19, 2021

Entry Date: Mar 19, 2021

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 5:37 a.m. EDT (tomorrow morning), Earth’s equator will intersect with the ecliptic (the path the Sun takes across the sky) marking the Vernal Equinox, and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. At this time the... more
Celebration of Space - March 12, 2021

Entry Date: Mar 12, 2021

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

For those that sleep at night, this coming Sunday morning, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 a.m. you will be robbed of one hour of sleep, as we advance our clocks from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Though controversial, moving to ED... more
Celebration of Space - March 5, 2021

Entry Date: Mar 5, 2021

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

This past week, the NASA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) completed its final functional performance tests. These tests, among others, tested the electronics and mechanics of the observatory as it applies to the stresses of launch. Results confirmed t... more
Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Entry Date: Mar 5, 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