Category Archives: astronomy

Looking Up – Spring 2012

As an amateur astronomer, one of my favorite things to do is introduce others to the wonders of the cosmos and I wrote a post explaining why this is a very worthwhile endeavor.  Astronomy is a hobby that can’t be … Continue reading

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Looking Up – Winter 2012

A previous post of mine provided what I hope was a teaser for those contemplating entering the field of amateur astronomy.  Starting in 2012, every few months I’ll provide some suggestions on objects that can be easily seen with either … Continue reading

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The Star of Bethlehem

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?  We saw his star in … Continue reading

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A Planet Like Earth

There was an announcement today that the Kepler mission has confirmed the existence of a planet that is the most Earth-like that has ever been discovered.  The planet was given the name Kepler-22b and was discovered using the transit method … Continue reading

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Imagine the Possibilities

Recently NASA launched a new Mars probe called Curiosity that will arrive on the Red Planet in a little over 8 months from now.  Once there, it’ll be used to perform advanced experiments and measurements to determine if life could … Continue reading

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Amateur Astronomy: A Worthwhile Hobby

For most of my life I have been fascinated by the stars and in 1980 (early Middle School for me) I was moved by the PBS special by Carl Sagan called Cosmos.  In the 13 part series I had my … Continue reading

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This Is How Science Works

A recent discovery by a group of astrophysicist in Denmark confirmed Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity.   This theory, which was presented by Einstein in 1916, basically states that Matter, Time and Space are independent but they also affect each other.  … Continue reading

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What We Can Learn From Kepler

My favorite scientist has always been Johannes Kepler. Kepler lived during the late 16th and early 17th centuries and was considered the father of Astronomy. When he was alive, Astrology was the accepted ‘science’ and the views of Copernicus, in … Continue reading

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