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Life, Unbounded

The Monk Of A Million Telescopes

John Dobson in 2002 (AlanJWylie at en.wikipedia)

“IF THERE WERE A MILLION PEOPLE WITH TELESCOPES WILLING TO LET A FEW THOUSAND OTHER PEOPLE LOOK THROUGH THEM, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT EVERYONE WHO WALKS THIS EARTH, WITH EYES TO SEE, MIGHT SEE THE UNIVERSE” John Dobson, (September 14th, 1915 – January 15th, 2014) John Dobson’s life reads like a movie script. He was [...]

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Clouds Threaten Rare Chance to See Star “Wink” Over New York City

star chart for Regulus on March 20, 2014

Gloomy weather over New York could drown out a rare opportunity to see a bright star disappear from the sky very early tomorrow morning during what’s known as an “occultation.” The star Regulus, one of the brightest points in the constellation Leo, should appear to “wink out” for about 14 seconds when the asteroid (163) [...]

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Naked-Eye Comet Pan-STARRS Climbing into Northern Skies

Comet Pan-STARRS (C/2011 L4)

This year is shaping up to be a great one for amateur sky-watchers. Toward the end of 2013, astronomers expect the recently discovered Comet ISON (officially designated C/2012 S1) to shine mightily as it approaches the sun—possibly glowing as bright as the full moon. (Comets are unpredictable beasts, though, and often fail to meet the [...]

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North America in for a rare total lunar eclipse

Total lunar eclipse with Earthglow

A near-perfect alignment of the sun, the moon and Earth will provide sky watchers a generous holiday gift on the night of December 20 and the morning of December 21. If they can stay up late enough, North Americans should be able to witness—weather permitting—a prolonged total lunar eclipse, the first since February 2008. A [...]

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Get a glimpse of Comet Hartley 2 less than two weeks before NASA probe’s flyby

Comet Hartley 2 from the EPOXI spacecraft

NASA’s EPOXI spacecraft is closing in on a comet called Hartley 2 in advance of a November 4 flyby, but stargazers on Earth are already getting a fairly good look at the icy object, which is currently in the midst of an unusually close passage of Earth. Hartley 2 is now only about 18 million [...]

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Telescopes out: Earth making its closest approach to Jupiter since 1963

Jupiter as seen through an amateur telescope

Backyard astronomers, take note: Jupiter and Earth are approaching their near-yearly rendezvous, and this time the two planets will be closer together than they have been since 1963. The giant planet’s proximity should make for good viewing, weather permitting—Jupiter will appear especially bright in the sky for several nights around its closest approach on September [...]

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