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  • A celestial trifecta on Tuesday

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:On Tuesday, Dec. 21, we will hit the celestial trifecta with three red-letter events on the same date. It begins with the first total lunar eclipse since 2008, and the last visible here (weather permitting) until 2014.......
  • Eclipse prospects dim, but Xmas snow possible

     
    The weather gods give a little and they take a little. The forecast for Tuesday's early-morning lunar eclipse seems to be going sour. But the National Weather Service is posting a 30 percent chance for snow in Baltimore on Friday,......
  • Oops! Geminid meteors peak tonight, not tomorrow

     
    Your calendar-challenged weather blogger has an apology to make. In Sunday's Maryland Weather blog post, I listed Tuesday night/Wednesday morning as the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower. The actual peak, it's finally dawned on me, is Monday night/...
  • December brings total lunar eclipse

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:December arrives on Wednesday. It’s a busy month. The year’s earliest sunset occurs on the 8th as Sol drops below Baltimore’s western horizon at 4:43 p.m. The annual Geminid meteor shower – one of the...
  • Comet Hartley 2 looks like a peanut

     
    The Maryland-led EPOXI mission to Comet Hartley 2 has downloaded the first close-up images of the comet's icy nucleus, and the 4-billion-year-old object looks pretty much like a peanut. Or maybe a bowling pin.Snapped just after 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, the.....
  • Astronomers see most distant galaxy yet

     
    Speaking of objects in space that are too faint to see with the naked eye, astronomers using a telescope in Chile report in the journal Nature that they've identified the most distant light source ever detected. It's a primitive galaxy, seen as......
  • Celestial three-fer: Harvest Moon, equinox and Jupiter

     
    It's not often that so many celestial events come together at nearly the same time. But from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, we can enjoy a bundle of them.The only glitch may be the weather. The forecast calls for "mostly......
  • Moon guides solar system tour this weekend

     
    FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:Tour the solar system this weekend, with the crescent moon as your guide, if skies clear. The moon was near bright Venus last night, low in the western sky after sunset. Tonight it stands just below and left......
  • Why space exploration still matters

    As a child, I remember a coloring book that pictured a "Buck Rogers" rocket that looked like a football with three fins at its base. It was my job to give it life by coloring the rocket blast with yellows, oranges and reds that lifted the craft to stellar...
  • After space shuttle program, NASA's future still bright

    After space shuttle program, NASA's future still bright
    With the final flight of the stalwart space shuttle Atlantis just a few days away, America is beginning an exciting new chapter in human space exploration. This chapter centers on full utilization of the International Space Station, development of...
  • Astronomers fret over Webb Telescope's future

    Astronomers fret over Webb Telescope's future
    Congressional wrangling over the future of the overdue, over-budget James Webb Space Telescope has split astronomers in a struggle over billions in funding. Astrophysicists worry that action in the U.S. House to eliminate funding for the Webb project,...
  • Is there life on Mars?

    Is there life on Mars?
    Is there life elsewhere in the universe? It's a question that has long intrigued astronomers and science fiction buffs alike, and now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched its most ambitious attempt yet to find the answer....