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America is back in the space launch business, thanks to SpaceX and PayPal

America is back in the space launch business, thanks to SpaceX and PayPal

(May 2, 2012) – In full disclosure, I started writing this column about a week ago, the day that the Dragon spaceship successfully berthed with the International Space Station.  I…

The Sun and its imminent danger to Earth

The Sun and its imminent danger to Earth

Jiminy Crickets! The Sun is belching out energy like windmill in a hurricane! This week gave us Sunspot group 1476, also known as Active Region 1476. This vast magnetic region that…

Our Universe Today: Airplanes, Anniversaries and Astrocations

Our Universe Today: Airplanes, Anniversaries and Astrocations

To readers who enjoy this column, please accept my deepest apologies for the nearly month long absence. April is an amazing month for our family and this year, April took…

Our Universe Today: When the sun belches…

Our Universe Today: When the sun belches…

On 29 March, 2012, the Sun came back to life for many of us who pay attention to such events. Active region AR1429 rotated back onto the Earth-facing Sun on…

Our Universe Today: Solar Storm in progress

Our Universe Today: Solar Storm in progress

This week in the Universe, Earth continued to receive a relentless pounding from the Sun, Sol, our home star and the giver of life to our little blue planet. You…

Science in schools, in church, in the sky

Science in schools, in church, in the sky

Our Universe Today seems to be earning its readership. Here’s how you can tell if people read your columns.  Based on prior experience writing for a publication whose name rhymes…

Is it dinner time?

Is it dinner time?

What is time? If someone owns an auto repair shop, they probably receive panicked phone calls at odd hours from family and friends asking to fix a broken vehicle. Similarly,…

Space exploration really is rocket science

Space exploration really is rocket science

Teach your children well Why are so many things seemingly falling out of space and landing on Earth?  If you have not asked this question in the past, you are…

Part II: How to buy a telescope…

Part II: How to buy a telescope…

…and not be disappointed. Part II: The Telescope Tube  In part II of this story, we will address the optical tube, the telescope – the thing you put your eye in so…

Part I: How to buy a telescope…

Part I: How to buy a telescope…

…and not be disappointed. Part I: The Mount Hopefully if you are one of those special people with a newfound interest in amateur astronomy and have gotten this far, you…

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