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Astronomical Highlights for 2021

Entry Date: Jan 2, 2021

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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 o... more
Solar Minimum Endures

Entry Date: May 5, 2020

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Since my last update on the Sun’s Deep Minimum persistence, sunspot activity on the solar disk continues to be low. Here is the data for the last five years:Year    Spotless    Percentage Days2019    281        77%... more
October Meteor Showers

Entry Date: Oct 1, 2019

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If recent events during the last few months are any indicator, Chicken Little may have been right. The sky is falling. The sky is falling. Back on July 24 at approximately 2:44 a.m. EDT, a soccer ball-sized meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere above L... more
Astronomical Highlights for 2019

Entry Date: Feb 4, 2019

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Last month’s column focused on the Quadrantid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse. Today I will preview some of the other astronomical highlights for 2019.Believe it or not, Mars is still visible during early evening hours. Unfortunately... more