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How to spot a shooting star this weekend

A Perseid meteor from last year, streaking over the ESO's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Credit: {link url=""}ESO/S. Guisard{/link}

Wherever you are this weekend, if you get the chance, don’t forget to look up. The Perseid meteor shower was first seen two thousand years ago, and is visible every year from mid July to the end of August. At the peak of the shower, there can be up to 100 or so shooting stars [...]

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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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The Coolest Photo My iPhone Never Took

moon photo

Alex Wild over at Compound Eye is quick to point out with his Thrifty Thursday posts that great photos can be taken with relatively inexpensive equipment… IF you know what you’re doing. Here’s a great case in point: A few nights ago, I was strolling along a pedestrian mall in Boulder, CO with some friends. [...]

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