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March 2018: It is Springtime, and the Planets are back!

Now mid-March 2018 and there are planets in the sky!  Here are some of the notable moments. If you look to the west right after sunset you will catch bright Venus and fleeting (and fainter) Mercury. On March 18th, just … Continue reading

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A Meditation on The 21 August 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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The Sun Acts Up: 4-September-2017

There are two massive sunspot groups (and a couple of smaller groups) visible today. This taken at 1434UT using a Nikon D810 and 500mm telephoto through Baader film.  Click image for full resolution.

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Safe Arrival in Casper, Wyoming

All, I am safely here at Casper, Wyoming, right on the line for the eclipse. We DID have rooms in the local motel (YAY!) and have been rambling through town a little to get oriented. The town is divided in … Continue reading

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Sun Dogs and Parhelic Circles!

We had some pretty spectacular atmospheric optical phenomena going on this afternoon. Just past noon here in Exeter, I received a text from a fellow science teacher (Scott Saltman) telling me to go out, look up, and bring a camera. … Continue reading

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