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2008-04-05 17:05:00

On Sunday evening, April 6th, a 2% crescent moon emerges from the glare of the sun like the wry smile of a Cheshire cat beaming through the tawny-orange sunset.

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2007-12-13 00:00:00

Mark your calendar: The best meteor shower of 2007 peaks on Friday, December 14th. The Geminids are not ordinary meteors. While most meteor showers come from comets, Geminids come from an asteroid.

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2007-08-07 15:51:18

As the Perseid meteor shower becomes visible in all its glory on 13 August, natural fireworks will fill the sky.

2007-04-11 16:00:00

Venus and the constellation Pleiades are very close in the sky, for your viewing pleasure.

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2006-04-13 10:41:09

This month, Venus can guide you to a naked-eye planet that ancient astronomers inexplicably failed to see.

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2006-02-10 06:40:00

A celestial swarm of stars will hover near a honey-colored Saturn for the next several months. Sky watchers will see the ringed planet together with the Beehive cluster, or M44, a group of stars that also make their home in the Milky Way galaxy.

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2005-03-04 08:05:00

Astronomers report that they have measured the slowest ever motion of a galaxy across the plane of the sky. This distant whirlpool of stars appears to creep along despite its actual speed through space because it is located so far from the Earth.


Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.