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Asteroid whizzes by Earth tonight (Nov. 8, 2011)

Nov 11 2011 - 12:27pm

BY AMY SAYLE

A space rock about a quarter-mile-across whizzes by Earth tonight (Nov. 8, 2011). The asteroid, called 2005 YU55, is coming closer than the Moon’s orbit.

Algol, the Demon Star

Oct 27 2011 - 12:30pm

BY AMY SAYLE

Perseus holds the head of Medusa, whose eye is marked by Algol, the "Demon star." (Credit: Stellarium.org)

See the International Space Station pass overhead tonight! (Monday, Oct. 17, 2011)

Oct 17 2011 - 12:37pm

BY AMY SAYLE

This photograph of the International Space Station was taken from the space shuttle Discovery after the two spacecraft undocked on March 7, 2011. (Credit: NASA)

Liesbeth goes on a road trip

Oct 5 2011 - 12:45pm

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

Have you explored the Rotunda of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center? It’s on the west end, adjacent to the Science Stage, and you enter through the UNC Visitors Center. The Rotunda showcases one of John Motley Morehead III’s gifts to UNC, a memorial to his wife: the Genevieve Margaret Birkhead Morehead Art Gallery.

The gallery features 11 portraits, mostly by 17th- and 18th century artists. Of these, perhaps the portrait of Liesbeth van Rijn is most famous — not because of what it is, but because of what it isn’t.

Making an earthquake at Morehead

Aug 24 2011 - 12:51pm

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

Did you feel tremors during yesterday’s East Coast earthquake? Did you think “Earthquake!” or “Hmmm, maybe a construction crew is working nearby” or even “Are we under attack?”

Good and bad news about the 2011 Perseid meteor shower

Aug 10 2011 - 1:03pm

Many people’s favorite annual meteor shower, the Perseids, will peak the night of August 12/13, 2011.

The good news: That’s a Friday night/Saturday morning. For many people, this is a convenient time of the week to be outside looking for meteors—those streaks of light (also known as “shooting stars”) created when cosmic debris interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere.

Watching one small step in Jacksonville, N.C.

Jul 20 2011 - 1:10pm

BY KAREN KORNEGAY

My family was traveling home from the beach — salty, sandy, tired. Just one hour from home, my dad pulled the station wagon off the highway under a bright orange sign: a Howard Johnson’s motel. He went into the motel lobby and talked to the manager at the desk. Moments later, he ushered all of us into the lobby.

Mice in Space: A Special Science Cafe this Tuesday

Jul 11 2011 - 1:19pm

BY JONATHAN FREDERICK

A few Morehead folks had the chance to go down to watch the last shuttle launch and meet up with Dr. Ted Bateman, a biomedical engineer. He has a research project aboard STS-135 and is going to talk about it on Tuesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. at the Back Bar in downtown Chapel Hill.

Harry Potter’s impossible astronomy exam

Jul 9 2011 - 1:17pm

BY AMY SAYLE

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, must be a bit of an astronomy buff. She named a number of her characters after stars or constellations, such as Bellatrix, Draco, Regulus, and Sirius. And in her book about Harry’s fifth school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Rowling even gave Harry an astronomy exam.

“Catch the Buzz” at Family Science Day

Jun 21 2011 - 1:23pm

BY AMY SAYLE

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