Tag : Comet

The Christmas Star

Categories: Christmas
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Published on: December 22, 2012

One the questions often posed to and by astronomers this time of year is “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event? Was it a myth created by the early church? Or could it have been something else? The Star of Bethlehem is [...]

January Sky Challenges

Astronomers and Star Gazers need a challenge when observing. Novices can be easily overwhelmed by long lists of challenging objects. Expert observers can be so focused on their projects, they easily can ignore the challenge provided by observing with different instruments. By presenting three objects in each of several different [...]

The Christmas Star

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Published on: December 18, 2011

One the questions often posed to and by astronomers this time of year is “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event? Was it a myth created by the early church? Or could it have been something else? The Star of Bethlehem is [...]

The Christmas Star

Categories: Christmas
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Published on: December 24, 2010

One the questions often posed to and by astronomers this time of year is “What was the Star of Bethlehem?” Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event? Was it a myth created by the early church? Or could it have been something else? The Star of Bethlehem is [...]

October Sky Challenges

Astronomers and Star Gazers need a challenge when observing.  Novices can be easily overwhelmed by long lists of challenging objects.  Expert observers can be so focused on their projects, they easily can ignore the challenge provided by observing with different instruments. By presenting three objects in each of several different [...]

Comet Expected to be Naked-Eye Visible in October

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Published on: August 22, 2010

Comet 103P Hartley may surprise us in mid-October and become visible with the naked-eye.  It is currently at 10th magnitude and expected to slowly brighten over the next two months.  Current estimates place its brightness at less than magnitude 4.5 on the night of October 20th. Tonight, 103P Hartley lies [...]

Detecting and Deflecting NEOs, Are We Ready?

Categories: Asteroids, Comets, Earth
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Published on: January 24, 2010

If a comet or an asteroid was discovered to be on a collision course with Earth could we do anything to prevent the collision? According to a new report from the National Research Council, there is little that we can do. We also do not have the resources in place [...]

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