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Monday, 02 May 2016

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Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Exciting Rare Mercury Transit Next Monday! 

BEYONDbones [2016-05-02 23:37:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

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Jupiter is now high in the south at dusk. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it. Mars and Saturn become late evening objects this month. Tonight, May 2, Mars rises in the southeast … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Last Chance for Winter Constellations in April 

BEYONDbones [2016-04-04 23:54:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
Jupiter is now high in the east-southeast at dusk. It outshines all stars we ever see at night, so you can’t miss it.  Mercury is visible just after sunset this month. Face west at twilight, and look low in the … Continue reading

Now Open: The Burke Baker Planetarium, Best in the World 

BEYONDbones [2016-03-11 23:25:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

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It only takes a few seconds of a stellar light show in this newly-renovated facility to recognize why the Houston Museum of Natural Science is calling the Burke Baker Planetarium “the best and brightest in the world.” The clarity, the … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Winter Stars Shift to the Southwest 

BEYONDbones [2016-03-01 22:53:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

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Jupiter comes to opposition on March 8, which is when Earth aligns with Jupiter and the Sun. That is why Jupiter is up all night long in early March. Face east in evening twilight to watch Jupiter rise. It outshines … Continue reading

Leap years: proof that Earth is always running late 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-24 23:27:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (71 visits) info
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware 2016 is a leap year. February will have 29 days as part of a four-year mathematical cycle that has been observed in the Gregorian calendar since 1582. The reason we … Continue reading

The Dome is Done! Planetarium renovation moving ahead right on schedule 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-19 22:29:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info
The Burke Baker Planetarium and Friedkin Theater renovation project reached a milestone this week, and we at the museum are brimming with anticipation! Okay. That’s an understatement. What really happened when we heard the news is we ran around screaming, … Continue reading

The cutting-edge returns to the Burke Baker Planetarium, where astronauts once trained 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-12 17:16:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info

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Think back to the technology of the late 1980s: corded phones, boom boxes, cathode color TVs. In this era, it’s tough to imagine how anyone achieved the remarkable feat of traveling to space and orbiting the Earth without WiFi or … Continue reading

Making the Stars: A Brief History of the Burke Baker Planetarium 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-03 00:23:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (39 visits) info

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In July of 1964, the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened its new museum in Hermann Park with modest exhibit space and the Burke Baker Planetarium. A state-of-the-art Spitz Space Transit Planetarium dominated the theater’s center with its flat floor … Continue reading

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GeoMika [2016-02-02 02:00:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
It took twelve years, but the Opportunity Rover has climbed up the edge of Knudsen Ridge on Mars. The view is great — steep ridges, a dramatic slope, and the far lip of Endeavour Crater shaping the horizon. The rover is … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Five planets at dawn, leap day this February! 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-01 23:36:37]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
Jupiter is now a late evening object, rising in the east. It rises by 9 p.m. on Feb. 1, and by Feb. 29 it comes up just before 7 p.m., which is during evening twilight. Jupiter comes to opposition on … Continue reading

From the Field: Behind the Scenes on SpaceX’s Launch of the Jason-3 Satellite 

GeoMika [2016-01-18 09:29:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday’s SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are my stories from reporting live on white rocket engulfed in a fog bank but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time. Find your way to a … Continue reading

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Four Planets are Visible 

BEYONDbones [2016-01-04 21:02:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info
Venus is in the southeast at dawn, approaching Saturn. Venus passes Saturn the morning of January 9; the two planets are less than one tenth of one degree apart! They’re easy to tell apart, as Venus outshines all the stars … Continue reading

Monday Geology Picture: Namibian Night Sky 

Georneys [2015-12-21 12:42:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info

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My husband and I spent some time doing field work in the Sperrgebiet region of Namibia earlier this year. We camped out in the desert for a few days. We spent our days looking at some fantastic geology, and we spent our nights looking at some fantastic views of the night sky. We were quite far from any towns, so we had very little light pollution and could see many

Geminid Meteor Shower offers a brilliant weekend at the George! 

BEYONDbones [2015-12-12 01:02:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (44 visits) info
The annual Geminid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, and we’ve got some tips for stargazers hoping to catch it. The Geminids are unique among meteor showers because they are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon. … Continue reading

The Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College is Seeking a Director 

Geotripper [2015-12-04 00:31:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

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This is a reposting of my note from last month. The deadline for applying is Friday, Dec. 4! From personal experience, I can say that Modesto Junior College is a pretty nice place for a career. The Science Community Center at Modesto Junior College is a monument to the importance of science education, with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms for biology, astronomy, chemistry, physics,

Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson 

Mountain Beltway [2015-11-23 17:06:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
At first, I thought the titular Seveneves referred to fragments of the Moon. It blows up on the first page of the novel – or disaggregates anyhow, into seven big chunks. But these start knocking into one another, breaking off smaller pieces, and these bang into each other, making more pieces. Soon, there are a lot of pieces. Spoilers galore follow, as I feel obligated to outline the scope of

The Great Valley Museum at Modesto Junior College is Seeking a Director 

Geotripper [2015-11-13 01:05:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

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The Science Community Center at Modesto Junior College is a monument to the importance of science education, with state-of-the-art labs and classrooms for biology, astronomy, chemistry, physics, and the earth sciences, as well as a fully equipped observatory, and the most technically advanced planetarium projector in the United States (seriously, it's the newest generation, and we were

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Southern sky brings beasts and gods of water in November 

BEYONDbones [2015-11-04 17:58:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
Saturn sets in twilight for the first week of November and is lost in the sun’s glare the rest of the month.  Venus, Mars and Jupiter are still close together in the morning sky this month. Right now, Venus is close … Continue reading

The Martian, by Andy Weir 

Mountain Beltway [2015-10-19 14:40:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
There’s a lot of talk about this book lately, since they just made it into what I’m told is a very good movie. I heard the scuttlebutt and watched the preview for the film, and when the protagonist/narrator said “I’m going to have to science the shit out of this,” I knew this was probably a story for me. I was lucky to score a copy of the audiobook from

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Planets near alignment, Astronomy Day arrives, and the clock ‘falls back’ this October 

BEYONDbones [2015-10-02 13:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info
Saturn is now in the southwestern sky at dusk. It outshines the stars around it, so it’s also easy to see. By Halloween night, however, Saturn sets in twilight; it drops into the Sun’s glare next month.  Venus, Mars, and … Continue reading
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