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Most of us live on a 24-hour cycle beginning with waking up, going about our jobs or other activities and then sleeping before waking up again. We call it the circadian rhythm from the Latin 'circa dia' or "about a day." The sun has a rhythm too, and right now it's toddling off to take a nap. Read post here.
This blog is anything but political, but my ears perked up when I heard our new president mention the "mysteries of space" and "night sky" during today's inaugural address. Read post here .
Wavy baby! We're looking at the closest view ever of Saturn's tiny moon, Daphnis, swooshing material up from Saturn's rings on Jan.16 this year. Read post here .
Lately, I've talked about how to find planets, but there are lots of other planet-like bodies in the night sky — the asteroids. As of March 2016, we know of 1.3 million of them. If you'd like to see one with your own own eyes, allow me to introduce you to Vesta. Read post here .
These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for Mercury. After spotting it and two other bright planets I discovered it was already time for breakfast. Read post here .
After you've traveled a long way, whether in life or miles, it's nice to look back. You can see the world with fresh eyes. That's why I like these now-and-again photos of our home from space. Read post here .
The space agency plans to visit a giant metal asteroid and poke around Jupiter's Trojans in two new missions now on the drawing board. Read post here .
I love sharing the news of planets, conjunctions, comets and all the rest with you guys. But you might be a do-it-yourself kind of person that likes strike out on their own. If so, here's my two-step process to find every planet in the solar system. Read post here .
Could there be anything more romantic than snowblowing by the light of a full moon? Well yes,but I still want to share how tickled I was when the moon cut free of the clouds to shine on my driveway last night. Tonight's the Full Wolf Moon and tomorrow, Venus reaches the end of the yo-yo. Read post here .
Those dots? Nearly all are supermassive black holes. 7 million seconds of observing time captured over 1,000 of them in tiny slice of sky. Read post here .