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Astronomy Binoculars: How to Observe Stars Instead Of Your Neighbor

02/25/2017 // 9 Comments

Most binoculars spend most of their existence buried inside a closet, or perhaps inside a spacious drawer. A few naughty binoculars have only observed the nasty habits of someone’s unaware neighbor, and a lonesome binocular can do nothing but collect time snow (dust). Binoculars are intuitive and easy to use. A telescope needs eyepieces or a variety of other tools, but binoculars are the total package. You can just grab ’em and go. Simple as that.   Lightweight / portable Cheap or relatively inexpensive Easy to use   A typical binocular can easily be stored, and will [Click Here To Read Article...]

Claim Your Spot Among The Stars

02/21/2017 // 3 Comments

If you think it’s expensive to claim your spot among the stars, then you’re absolutely correct! Astronomical characters of ancient lore accomplished heroic feats to earn their eternal right to lounge upon the night sky. True story: Hercules wrestled a mythical man-eating lion and won. We can all agree putting a mythical man-eating lion in a headlock deserves stellar praise! But it’s risky business. You may or may not want to put a mythical man-eating lion in a headlock, but since you’re not bestowed with the strength of 10 men, then let’s assume the mythical [Click Here To Read Article...]

Celestial Hunting Season: How To Locate The Orion Nebula

01/31/2017 // 10 Comments

  You look like the type of smart individual who likes to read about space clouds. Did you know it’s possible to see the Orion Nebula with nothin’ but those squishy orbs inside your face? The universe looks like an angry toddler tossed a handful of sparkly glitter all over the place, which means it can be a pain in the ass to navigate the night sky. Don’t be intimated by the sparkly mess above your head. M42 (Orion Nebula) is one of the most popular space clouds. Period. Everyone knows about M42, right? Sure. Yup. Perhaps they know a little something about the Orion [Click Here To Read Article...]

Tiny Things You’ll Never Notice In Your Lifetime

01/27/2017 // 17 Comments

Size is matter of perspective. Small objects may seem large if observed through a different pair of eyes. How long would it take you to stroll across a field? Forget the fact that you possibility “ran” a 25 minute mile in gym class, or the fact that the teacher would have needed a sundial to truly time your efforts. Forget all that. Now imagine a hypothetical flea. This hypothetical flea is perched on a blade of grass. How long do you think it would take your imaginary hypothetical flea to journey across the entire field? Think real hard, then imagine the hardships this [Click Here To Read Article...]

Are You In A Piss-Poor Mood?

01/12/2017 // 10 Comments

This is how the scientific community defines a ‘piss-poor mood’: an individual infected with a nonsensical, or emotionally volatile attachment to unjustified anger or hate. Hey! Wanna see if you’re in a piss-poor mood? Step right up, and take this simple test. Don’t be shy. No judgments. Your stomach tingles every morning, and not in a good way. Was it the elderly lady in front of you at the local food mart? Her coupons expired, right?  You could have stomped on a baby seal and not given two measly shits. Sound familiar? Congratulations! You’re in a piss-poor [Click Here To Read Article...]

The Stuff Sparkles Are Made Of

12/20/2016 // 17 Comments

  Have you ever picked up a fancy holiday relic, and then discovered that your hands are covered in sparkly shit? You know…those itsy-bitsy shiny particles. Yeah. Those things. You can blow, rub, wipe, smear—it doesn’t matter! Glitter has a great reputation of pissing people off. Think about it. How many times have you looked down and gritted your teeth at a constellation of sparkles across the palm of your hand? Or… …What about those red face inducing moments that occurred when you looked in the mirror and witnessed sparkly shiny things all over your forehead? [Click Here To Read Article...]

December’s Supermoon Is Coming To Town!

12/13/2016 // 12 Comments

You better start crying…you better start pouting…I’m gonna tell you why! Santa Claus is not coming to town. A supermoon is scheduled to throw on its cape and clog the sky on December 13, 2016. But that’s not all. Space is the gift that keeps on giving—the Geminid meteor shower will also peak on December 13-14. All you need is your eyes to unwrap these celestial presents, but the supermoon’s prevailing radiance will compete with any Geminid that burns through the atmosphere. The full Moon has a -12.6 apparent magnitude, and that’s why the Moon is known to [Click Here To Read Article...]

Earth: Hell In A Handbasket

11/19/2016 // 9 Comments

Strap yourself into the nearest imaginary rocket and let’s get the hell off this rock! The Japanese flung a very sophisticated piece of machinery toward the Moon—an orbiter. Hey! Don’t forget your cosmic passport! You’re going to need it when you levitate over the Mountains of Madness. The SELENE Lunar Orbiter launched on October 14, 2007. The mission ended when the main orbiter was commanded to plummet toward the south of crater Gill, because all dignified orbiters go out with a bang, right? Exactly. Press the play button and you’ll eventually see something very [Click Here To Read Article...]

Hunter’s Supermoon 2016

10/17/2016 // 12 Comments

Did you notice something really strange a few nights ago? Perhaps it felt like something was staring at you…perhaps the air was a little colder than usual. There may have been a faint laughter in the air, but perhaps it was just your imagination…or was it really a witch joyriding a broomstick? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. If you took out the trash on October 15-16, 2016, and happen to recall feeling like something was, indeed, staring at you—don’t call the police on your creepy neighbor! It was just the Moon. A Hunter’s Moon is the first full Moon [Click Here To Read Article...]