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2012: The Maya Mystery

Nov 15 2012 - 12:13pm

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

This is a liveblog that I wrote during a free public lecture by Dr. Anthony Aveni on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill. Dr. Aveni's lecture explored scientific research countering predictions that the world will end in December 2012. These predictions are based in part on the fact that the Maya calendar ends in December 2012.

Two bright sights tomorrow morning (Oct. 3, 2012): Venus/Regulus plus the ISS

Oct 2 2012 - 12:24pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Will you be up before dawn tomorrow morning (Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012)? If you have clear skies, step outside for two interesting sights:

FAQs about Jordan Lake skywatching sessions

Sep 12 2012 - 12:28pm

BY AMY SAYLE

What happens at Morehead's skywatching sessions at Jordan Lake?

Lining up in the sky: Saturn, Mars, Spica

Aug 13 2012 - 10:45am

BY AMY SAYLE

An interesting line-up appears in the sky the next two evenings. Tonight (8/13/12) and tomorrow (8/14/12) three bright objects—Saturn, Mars, Spica—form a nearly straight line.

Remembering Sally Ride? Remember Jerrie Cobb, too.

Jul 23 2012 - 11:01am

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

This week, Dr. Sally Ride died from pancreatic cancer. In 1983, Dr. Ride was the first American woman to fly in space, becoming a role model for girls who wanted to pursue careers in science, mathematics and aeronautics.

What many people don't know is that the first American woman in space could have been -- and perhaps should have been -- Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb, who was recruited by NASA for its astronaut program in 1959.

Rare but not impossible: your last chance to see a Transit of Venus (June 5, 2012)

Jun 1 2012 - 11:05am

BY AMY SAYLE

My all-time favorite case of “impossible astronomy” happens in the final scene of Dan Brown’s popular novel The Da Vinci Code.

Blinding Me With Science?

May 24 2012 - 11:10am

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

Morehead educator Amy Sayle is holding a pair of glasses that could save your vision ... or destroy your eyes.

Sat. 4/21/2012 Jordan Lake skywatching canceled; Next up: Transit of Venus!

Apr 20 2012 - 11:17am

BY AMY SAYLE

Thanks to the gloomy weather forecast, we have canceled the skywatching session scheduled at Jordan Lake for Saturday, April 21, 2012. Our next Jordan Lake skywatching session is set for Saturday, June 23 (again, weather permitting).

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