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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).

The Moon and Venus make a stunning sight tonight

Mar 26 2012 - 11:33am

A stunning sight awaits you tonight (March 26, 2012): the waxing crescent moon will appear close to Venus.

Venus and Jupiter pair up this month

Mar 6 2012 - 11:42am

BY AMY SAYLE

March 6, 2012, 45 minutes after sunset

World Turned Upside Down

Feb 6 2012 - 11:45am

BY KYLE HUNTER

OK, the title may be a bit dramatic but since moving to North Carolina there is one pressing issue that has caught my attention.

Like so many, I love my coffee in the morning. I watch the sun slowly waking up my world as the coffee slowly wakes me up; it really is one of my favorite things. Because of this, I decided a while back to take my coffee making to another level. I purchased a French press. 

Brrr! Quadrantid meteor shower peaks early Wednesday morning (Jan. 4, 2012)

Jan 2 2012 - 11:51am

BY AMY SAYLE

If you’re willing to suffer a little (okay, a lot), you can see one of the best meteor showers of 2012.

Very late tonight—technically, early tomorrow morning, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012—is the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower. The eastern half of North America is favored for this year’s shower.

Thinking about buying a telescope?

Dec 9 2011 - 12:24pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Are you considering buying a telescope?  Check out these resources so that your new telescope is right for you (or the person you’re giving it to), and won’t end up collecting dust in the garage:

Bloody Basics

Dec 6 2011 - 12:26pm

BY KYLE HUNTER

I recently donated blood for the first time. It was an interesting experience because, not only did I feel like I did something good, it also raised a lot of questions.

To donate blood, they stick you in the arm with a needle that is connected to a tube that takes the blood from your body to a collection bag.  I was watching my blood flow into the bag when I wondered, if I am donating a pint of blood, how, where, and when will I replenish what I am donating to get back to my body’s normal supply of about 10–12 pints?

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