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From Star Stuff to Life: ALMA’s Groundbreaking Discovery in Astronomy

From Star Stuff to Life: ALMA’s Groundbreaking Discovery in Astronomy

As Carl Sagan famously said, “We’re made of star stuff.” Astronomers are now one step closer to understanding how. Read More

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The Solar Eclipse Marathon … and Other Ways to Make Running More Interesting

What better way to endure a grueling 26.2 mile race than with the excitement of a total solar eclipse in the sky above? That’s what the city of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia is planning with the first-ever Solar Eclipse Marathon. The next total solar eclipse will occur on 13-14 November 2012, with the event crossing the International Date Line such that those in Australia will see it on very early on the 14th, while those in Chile will see a partial eclipse near sunset on the 13th. There is a very narrow strip on the planet that will be under a total eclipse. Of that very narrow strip, only a very small percentage will be on land, including Port Douglas. Read More

Try to Catch the Lyrids Tonight!

If you see a shooting star, do you stop and make a wish? No? You should, it’s fun! OK, OK … so a shooting star isn’t really a “star,” nor is it “shooting.” It is a meteorite burning up upon re-entry into the Earth atmosphere. (I suppose that’s not as romantic a description as a shooting… Read More