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Late April is the Time for Lyrids

Late April is a time for the Lyrid meteor shower, which started late last night, April 20 until dawn this morning. The better viewing will be from Saturday night, April 21, until Sunday morning April 22nd. The Lyrids will more than likely peak. If not, try again on Sunday night until dawn, April 22 and April 23rd. To see the…

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Picturing The Crab Nebula

    Picturing The Crab Nebula By Judith E Braffman-Miller In 1054, Chinese astronomers stared up at the night sky in wonder, as they observed a new and mysterious object dancing in the Universe. This strange celestial object, that heralded the explosive “death” of a massive star, told the sad tale of how once there was a star that is…

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Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon

    Earth’s Moist And Mysterious Moon By Judith E Braffman-Miller Earth’s Moon is our planet’s closest neighbor in space, but it is remarkable how even neighbors can keep secrets from each other. For years, astronomers thought that Earth’s Moon was barren of water and other volatile compounds, but this notion began to change in 2008, when a team of…

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Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways

    Exomoons: When Parent-Planets Go Their Separate Ways By Judith E Braffman-Miller Restless young planets like to roam through their solar systems–usually disrupting their environment, during the course of their reckless rampages, as they travel chaotically around their stars. Such planetary migration occurs when a planet interacts with either the natal disk of gas and dust whirling around their…

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The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery

    The Universe’s First-Born Stars Had A Cold Nursery By Judith E Braffman-Miller Just after our Universe was born 13.8 billion years ago in the Big Bang, there was a mysterious era when it was black, and there were no stars around to cast their streaming, sparkling light into this swath of darkness. Today, when we stare up at…

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Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud

    Mysterious Moon-Birth Within A Primordial Cloud By Judith E Braffman-Miller Bewitching, beguiling, and bewildering, Earth’s Moon gleams like a light-reflecting mirror as it glistens high above us–the largest object in our sky on clear dark nights. Even though our Moon is Earth’s closest companion in space–and the only world beyond Earth that we have walked upon–it still has…

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