Popular Astronomy Fall 2017 Issue is Here!

Popular Astronomy Fall 2017 Issue is Here!

Click Here to Read Now! In this FREE landmark issue: · Dava Sobel’s original new essay inspired by her best-selling book, “The Glass Universe.” · Dr. Michael Summers on exoplanets and “Diamond Worlds.” · Dr. Jeffrey Bennett brings a cosmic perspective to the study of exoplanets. · Best-selling author John Read delivers the...

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The Planetary Zoo

The Planetary Zoo

Michael Summers explores the incredible diversity of exoplanets in this sweeping and inspiring survey from the current issue of Popular Astronomy. Click the image below to read the complete article:  

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A Cosmic Coincidence: The Great American Eclipse—August 21, 2017

A Cosmic Coincidence: The Great American Eclipse—August 21, 2017

It’s possible that no one has been thinking about the upcoming eclipse more than Andrew Fraknoi. The longtime professor of astronomy and former Executive Director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, has made a career of sharing his passion for the field, and sees the coming eclipse as an...

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Archaeology Discovery offers Clues about how Peruvians Celebrated Eclipses

Archaeology Discovery offers Clues about how Peruvians Celebrated Eclipses

Dr. Robert Benfer, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, would like to be winding down his research programs, but unexpected and remarkable discoveries keep him actively engaged with numerous archaeological investigations, the most recent of which has led him headlong into the field of archaeoastronomy. Benfer,...

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Music and the Making of Modern Science

Music and the Making of Modern Science

Many people interested in science are also keenly interested in music, and vice versa. But what is the connection between music and science? To a surprising degree, science has been influenced significantly by music. Let me present three important historical examples, ending with a notable recent discovery. This influence goes...

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Extrasolar Planets and the Cosmic Perspective

Extrasolar Planets and the Cosmic Perspective

Do there exist many worlds, or is there but a single world? This is one of the most noble and exalted questions in the study of Nature. — St. Albertus Magnus (1206–1280) Take a look at the image in Figure 1. It may not look like much, but the four labeled...

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The History of Uranography, or Celestial Cartography

The History of Uranography, or Celestial Cartography

To the ancient Greek, Urania was the Muse of the Heavens and Uranus was the god of the celestial realm. The planet Uranus, that was discovered in 1781 by the English astronomer William Herschel, was named after him. Both names, Urania and Uranus, come from the Greek root for sky,...

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Observing Nebulae

Observing Nebulae

Nebulae are one of the most abundant objects for amateur astronomical study and are very rewarding to photograph. A bright nebula can be counted amongst the most inspiring splendours nature has to offer. What’s more, they are generally very diverse with a wide range of dimensions, magnitudes, and availability to...

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The Next Telescopes

The Next Telescopes

Astronomy has reached a fascinating point. Several new, extremely advanced telescopes will come online in the next few years that are likely to change forever our view of the cosmos. These instruments will be so powerful that they will completely overshadow today’s telescopes. With them we will be able to...

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The Speed of Light: Could it be Changing?

The Speed of Light: Could it be Changing?

The Speed of Light is a key to our understanding. Our electronics, the computer you are using, and even the human brain operate at the speed of this “universal constant.” Through light our eyes and telescopes perceive much of the universe. Our sciences of astronomy, Relativity, and quantum mechanics depend...

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