Missed Conjunction

The evening of August 27, 2016, was scheduled to feature the conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter shortly after sunset, a marvellous mere ½ degree apart, the same as the apparent diameter of the Moon, which is pretty darn close in a big, big sky. That's a must-see in my book! As a last... Continue Reading →

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Mars The Size Of The Moon — Impossible, But What If?

Did you get the message too, that on August 27 the planet Mars would pass so close to the Earth that it'd look as big as the full Moon in the sky? If you did, don't believe a word of it, because that will never happen. That message is an echo of a hoax that... Continue Reading →

“My God, it’s full of galaxies!”

Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, contains somewhere between 200 billion and 400 billion stars. The Universe, according to Wikipedia, contains more than 170 billion galaxies. According to findings of recent years, most if not all stars have at least one planet orbiting around them. If the average galaxy, to make a semi-educated guess, holds... Continue Reading →

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