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‘Guide’ helps us to relate to our planet
Some regard humanity as the most intelligent species and therefore the masters of the world.
Orion and Jupiter are ruling evening skies
Orion, the brightest of the 88 constellations, is now striking in the south around 8 p.m.
We need to watch out for space rocks
Last Feb. 15, there was a brilliant point of light flying across the dawn skies of Chelyabinsk in southwestern Russia.
Our moon has seas, but not a bit of water
For most amateur sky gazers, their favorite telescopic object is the moon. This is due to the wealth of detail seen even though small telescopes.
Each night, the moon reveals different features due to the changing angle of the sun lighting the moon. From one lunar cycle to the next, the lighting is never exactly the same so that the same craters and lunar surface features will appear a little bit different.
‘Space’ has wonderful group of sky images
For the past 46 years, space telescopes have been sent into orbit allowing spectacular views of objects, using a variety of wavelengths (our atmosphere blocks off most of the waves shorter than light and a good deal of the waves longer than light).
Here are highlights for 2014 night skies
During the entire year, you can see the International Space Station (ISS) pass over our area. On close passages, the ISS rivals the brilliant planet Venus.
Life on earth relies on several elements
One of the most important words in science is “element.” For thousands of years, the recognized elements were air, fire, water, earth and quintessence.
A scientific (or not) treatise on yawning
It is my duty, I feel, to alert my readers to the scientific advances of our time, so let me write today about — yawning. Yawning is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting human physical reactions that you can write about without embarrassment.
Life on earth survived some really close calls
Last year at this time, there was a lot of talk about the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012. Of course, nothing of the sort happened — otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this column!
What life is found on the deep ocean floor?
I recently purchased “Oceans: A Visual Guide” by S. Hutchinson and L. E. Hawkins. “Oceans” is a Firefly book, published in 2008 with ISBN 13-978-1-55407-427-3 (paperback).
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