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Russia hit once more by a giant fireball
On Feb. 15 about 9:20 a.m., there was a brilliant fireball seen prominently over the city of Chelyabinsk, a city near the Ural Mountains in Russia. (The Ural mountains separate Europe from Asia.) Chelyabinsk is 930 miles to the East of Moscow.
Almanacs are useful, especially Banneker’s
If one could time travel back two centuries, you would be sure to find two books in most rural households — the Bible and an Almanac. Back then farmers used an almanac to tell them the moon’s phases (lighted shapes).
Here are some ways to deal with cheating
I recently watched a web presentation on plagiarism that was an eye opener. Plagiarism is when someone claims someone else’s work as their own.
New celestial atlas is an excellent reference
Last year, several new sky atlases were published, all aimed at beginning sky gazers.
We are spinning at 795 miles per hour
Most of us know that the Earth’s rotation or spinning causes our progression of day and night. If asked how long it takes the Earth rotate, most would quickly say 24 hours, the length of our day/night cycle.
Ecolocal Calendar offers another view
There was a bewildering assortment of calendars for sale as the New Year approached.
Book reveals some interesting sky facts
A while back, I purchased an unusual paperback book called “Night Sky” by Nicholas Nigro.
This book is part of a series of Knack Make It Easy books that cover many types of cooking, house and home topics, music, child and pet rearing and lastly weddings!
Here’s a preview of 2013’s best sky sights
Here are the top sky sights for the coming year that you can see with the unaided eye (don’t need binoculars or telescope).
Brain and stomach have a connection
Your hunger and desire to eat goes back to early humans who had no assured supply of food. Back then, humans ate to build up a surplus (in the form of fat) in the event of famine.
Here’s how to buy earth, sky telescopes
This column will cover locally available telescopes (monocular, binoculars and spotting scopes) that you can use both during the day and night (on sky objects such as the moon and planets).
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