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Viewing The International Space Station

Entry Date: Nov 22, 2019

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Periodically throughout the year, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in the evening sky, offering up stunning opportunities to view bright nightly passes for a few weeks. The ISS orbits planet Earth once every 93 minutes at a 51.6° ... more
A Transit of Mercury for Veterans Day

Entry Date: Oct 17, 2019

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Mercury will reach inferior conjunction, which is when Mercury orbits in between Earth and the Sun. Even though this happens about 4 times per year, this particular inferior conjunction is quite special. On that date, Merc... more
October Meteor Showers

Entry Date: Oct 1, 2019

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

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
A New Statistic For Earth-like Exoplanets

Entry Date: Aug 28, 2019

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Over the past several years, exoplanet hunting has become all the rage, and rightfully so! Are we alone in the Universe? That is a powerful question, possibly one of the most game changing questions of our existence. It is the question that drives so m... more