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Q&A about viewing the total lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

Sep 23 2015 - 10:20am

BY AMY SAYLE

This coming Sunday, September 27, 2015, the full moon will move into Earth’s shadow, creating a lunar eclipse. The eclipsed Moon should be a beautiful shade of deep red or orange.

As long as the weather cooperates, this is an especially nice eclipse for those of us in the eastern United States. We get to see every stage of the eclipse, the Moon will be well positioned fairly high in the sky, and most of the action happens before midnight.

Mark your calendar for August 21, 2017, for ‘the most exciting thing people can see’

Aug 20 2015 - 9:15am

In 2017, the continental United States will get its first total solar eclipse in 38 years

BY AMY SAYLE

Image on right: Total solar eclipse in 2010, Easter Island. (Credit: Jay Pasachoff, Muzhou Lu, Craig Malamut, Hana Druckmüllerová)

Tips for viewing the 2015 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 7 2015 - 5:17pm

BY AMY SAYLE

As long as the weather cooperates, this is a particularly good year for the Perseid meteors. This annual meteor shower is already happening and is predicted to peak the night of August 12-13, 2015 (Wednesday evening into Thursday pre-dawn).

How to Treat Post-Pluto Depression

Jul 22 2015 - 12:53pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Nothing existed for me last week except Pluto.

After 9 years, New Horizons reaches Pluto’s doorstep

Jul 6 2015 - 9:26am
Image: New Horizons mission design - Yanping Guo, Robert W. Farquhar

BY TONY RICE

After 9 years in flight the New Horizons mission is on Pluto’s doorstep. That journey was made possible in part by a gravity assist from massive Jupiter in 2007 which accelerated the baby-grand-piano-sized spacecraft to a speed of over 83,600 km/h (52,000 mph) away from the Sun, New Horizons will fly by Pluto and its system of five known moons on July 14, 2015, returning science to help unlock the secrets of the outer solar system.

Cover Venus and Jupiter with your pinky on June 30, 2015

Jun 26 2015 - 3:22pm

BY AMY SAYLE

If you've paid attention to the evening sky recently, you know that the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, appear to be pulling closer together each night.

Venus is that object shining very, very brightly in the west soon after sunset. Jupiter is the less bright (but still bright) object currently positioned just to the upper left of Venus.

See four evening planets: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn

May 11 2015 - 11:43am

BY AMY SAYLE

Have you seen the four planets that currently decorate the evening sky? From west to east, they are Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.*

The easiest of the four to spot is Venus – because it is so, so bright. Look in the western sky soon after sunset. You can easily pick it out in the twilight, before you notice stars becoming visible and well before the sky becomes completely dark.

Has it been five years already?

Apr 10 2015 - 8:40am

Today (April 10, 2015) marks the first day of the 2015 North Carolina Science Festival ... and it's amazing to think that five years have passed since Morehead created this incredible celebration of science waaaaaaaay back in 2010.

The early bird gets the lunar eclipse-maybe

Mar 31 2015 - 11:31am
Images of the partial phase of the October 8, 2014 lunar eclipse, taken at 2.5-minute intervals. Credit: Joe Pedit.

BY AMY SAYLE

On the morning of April 4, 2015, the full moon will pass into Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse

For those of us in the eastern United States who’d like to view this eclipse, there’s good news and bad news.

Venus and Mars pair up...sort of (Feb. 20-21, 2015)

Feb 19 2015 - 10:26am

BY AMY SAYLE

If your skies are clear this Friday and Saturday evening (Feb. 20 and 21, 2015), bundle up and head outside for a striking sight: Venus and Mars will appear as a very close pair in the western early evening sky—so close together that you can stretch your arm out and cover both planets with just the tip of your little finger.

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