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Photographing the Sun: Let Me Count The Ways

Photographing the Sun: Let Me Count The Ways

Turns out there are as many as ways to photograph as eclipse as there are to watch it. With a bit of preparation and the generosity of strangers, I got to experience five of them during Sunday's annular eclipse.

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The Once and Future Earth

The Once and Future Earth

How will the sun, moon, and Earth change in the far distant future? It may not make a big difference to us, but exploring the possible fate of our home and birthplace is a mind-bending journey.

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Phoebe: Quirky, Mystical, Magical Moon

Phoebe: Quirky, Mystical, Magical Moon

Phoebe, a quirky outlying moon of Saturn, was once thought to be a captured comet, but now is believed by some scientists to be something much rarer: a captured planetesimal.

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Tidepooling Trip Planner

Tidepooling Trip Planner

QUEST blogger Andrew Alden’s recent post about Bay Area Tides got me thinking about pulling on my rubber boots and heading out to the intertidal during an upcoming low tide. In the next few weeks, we’ll get some really low tides during daylight hours—a great opportunity to see the organisms that live on the narrow edge between the land and the ocean.

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Luna Nova: Moon of the Cretaceous Skies

Luna Nova: Moon of the Cretaceous Skies

Although I am a lifelong fan of science, I’ve also been a lifelong fan of science fiction—so I sometimes experience conflict on the borderlands where the two meet.

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Dog Eats Moon: Total Lunar Eclipse

Dog Eats Moon: Total Lunar Eclipse

December 10, 2011 marks your last chance to see a total lunar eclipse—one of the most breathtaking celestial events that you can witness with your unaided eye–until 2014.

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SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

SuperMoon—or Paul Bunyan Moon?

On March 19, the Full Moon coincided with the Moon's closest approach to Earth. Was this "Super Moon" really super, or did it grow largest in the telling?

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Goodnight, Supermoon

Goodnight, Supermoon

Did you see the supermoon through this weekend’s cloudy skies? The supermoon is a full moon that appears to loom super large and super bright in the sky, because the earth and moon are as close together as they get.

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Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

Midnight Delight: Total Lunar Eclipse

The Moon and the Earth have a very special relationship in the Cosmos, and one of the most striking and beautiful examples of the this takes place Monday evening: a total lunar eclipse.

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Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT: Watching the Tides

Producer's Notes: Science on the SPOT: Watching the Tides

A little white shack with the red roof along Crissy Field holds a lot of history and houses vitally important scientific instruments.

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Every Little Bit Counts

Every Little Bit Counts

Ever tried to count the stars in the sky on some clear, lazy night, or the kind that fall from the sky during a meteor shower? How about craters on the Moon, or distant galaxies in deep space? If you like this kind of work, there is a job for you! Several, in fact….

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Much More Water on the Moon than Previously Thought

Much More Water on the Moon than Previously Thought

NASA scientists reveal that water on the moon isn’t spread out in vast oceans, but rather is concentrated in oases, and that the lunar surface appears to contain a wealth of other materials.

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NASA Moon Mission Reveals New Clues About Water on the Moon

NASA Moon Mission Reveals New Clues About Water on the Moon

NASA scientists reveal that water on the moon isn’t spread out in vast oceans, but rather is concentrated in oases, and that the lunar surface appears to contain a wealth of other materials.

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A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and Planets…and Moon…and Meteors….

A Night to be Out Under the Stars…and planets…and Moon…and meteors….

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Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

Lunar Ice Smack-down a Success!

NASA's LCROSS mission found water on the Moon, no bones about it. Though NASA is still analyzing all the data they reaped from the LCROSS impact event on October 9th, and will be for a long time to come, they seem confident enough about the preliminary findings to make this a definite declaration of discovery!

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MOON Spells "Water"

MOON Spells "Water"

Even before NASA's LCROSS spacecraft is set to hit the Moon and hopefully kick up a cloud containing water, evidence for the presence of water on the Moon is mounting.

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Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

Science Event Pick: LCROSS—Hitch-hiking to the Moon

As the satellite impact grows closer, NASA is making an effort to talk about the locally driven mission. Many of the upcoming talks are suitable for any audience, from kids to adults.

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Neil Armstrong's Lunar Footprint Turns 40

Neil Armstrong's Lunar Footprint Turns 40

What were you doing 40 years ago, on July 20th, 1969, when the first human foot (booted, not bare) made its impression on the gritty surface of the Moon?

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Reporter's Notes: Crash Landing

Reporter's Notes: Crash Landing

When the LCROSS satellite, nicknamed Centaur, smacks into the south pole of the moon in late October, it is expected to produce a plume of dust 37 miles high, which may be visible from Earth with a good backyard telescope. It will be visible in an arc from Hawaii to Texas.

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Shooting the Moon

Shooting the Moon

Launching a spacecraft bound for the Moon with the deliberate intention of striking the Moon in a spectacular impact! Sounds like something out of a Jules Verne novel…

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