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Bob Doyle - Astronomy

Bob Doyle - Astronomy
  • What do these vital measurements mean?

     A while back, I wrote a column on how the U.S. has firmly held onto British units that the British themselves have abandoned (inch, pound, quart).

    March 1, 2014

  • Here’s an up-to-date guide to the universe

    There has been a surge in beginner’s books about the universe. The number of probable exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) grows by several dozen each month.

    February 22, 2014

  • People and pet food have lots in common

    In our house reside one dog and three cats. I found Chapter 2 in Mary Roach’s “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal” very interesting.

    February 15, 2014

  • ‘Guide’ helps us to relate to our planet

    Some regard humanity as the most intelligent species and therefore the masters of the world.

    February 8, 2014

  • Orion and Jupiter are ruling evening skies

    Orion, the brightest of the 88 constellations, is now striking in the south around 8 p.m.

    February 1, 2014

  • BOB DOYLE 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.

    January 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    January 11, 2014

  • ‘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).

    January 4, 2014

  • 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.

    December 28, 2013

  • 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.

    December 21, 2013

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