It’s been a long wait, but we finally have an eclipse worth setting the alarm for. But it’s oh-so-odd, just
The next Full Moon is Saturday night, December 18. It’ll be the highest-up Full Moon of the year, and will attain that overhead position at midnight. Very cool, but why tell you all about it more than a month early? It’s sort of a lame excuse, but we mistakenly ran the illustration for it last week, with no caption, guaranteed to produce bewilderment in any sane person. So clip this out and save this article until then — or indeed for any Full Moon. Because you really should realize why they’re so special.
The universe’s bodies are mostly spheres, and, obviously, every location on each of those balls has a spot precisely opposite it — its antipode. Some of them cry out for our attention.
Colonizing other planets means living with increased radiation. Starting in 1969, when the first of 24 astronauts ventured beyond both our planet›s atmosphere and its magnetosphere, they left behind all layers of cosmic ray protection. US astronaut Shannon Lucid cites this hazard as the biggest challenge in space exploration.
Two weeks ago, a woman lying in bed in her home near Vancouver heard a loud noise, felt pieces of her ceiling falling on her and then discovered a black fist-sized meteorite on the pillow a few inches from her head. Seems impossible, but a house in North America is struck every 1.3 years on average.
Finding out about the vaccination presents a troublesome and hazardous situation where reality is prognosticated by the power of each party’s intensity of emotions and surety.
It’s the most common question astronomers encounter: Do you believe there’s life out there?
Violent thunderstorms with their accompanying destructiveness and phenomena like roll clouds and shelf clouds are rare during our cold half of the year, now beginning in the Hudson Valley.
The reduced sunlight strength sufficiently cools the air above us that it’s increasingly common to stand below clouds made not of water droplets, but bits of ice. These crystals are almost always six-sided and have very specific (and glorious) effects on sunlight hitting them. One of them is to create the common 22° halo.
The start of fall arrives with the autumnal equinox next Wednesday, September 22 at 3:21 p.m. That’s when the midday Sun hovers directly over the equator so that neither of Earth’s hemispheres gets more sunlight than the other.