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Apollo 50th: Our Visit to the National Space Centre

Apollo 50th: Our Visit to the National Space Centre

The National Space Centre in Leicester, UK, is an interactive museum dedicated to the past, present, and future of space exploration. Read More


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

Imiloa Astronomy Center

The ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center on the Big Island of Hawai’i blends past and present with a focus on the night sky. Part of the University of Hawaii at Hilo, the center is a kid-friendly, hands-on sort of place where families can roam through various exhibit areas or enjoy a show in the planetarium. My husband… Read More