Star*Points

Over a several hour period during these ongoing short summer nights, it is possible to view the four brightest planets of our solar system. Although each is easily visible to the naked eye, Bear Branch Nature Center (BBNC) has been opening its observatory to the public for free views of the planets, weather permitting. The…

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A lot of times, when sharing views of heavenly objects through a telescope, the question comes up: “How far away is it?” If I know the answer and the target is located outside of our solar system of planets, the response is usually some number in the tens, hundreds, thousands or millions, followed by “light-years.”…

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Astronomy has many inconsequential and over-hyped terms, such as “blue moon” and “supermoon.” As interesting as they may be such things are of no consequential scientific value. Even some of the names themselves may not have a scientific origin which explains why an astronomer being asked about them may stare blankly back at you. At…

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