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How To Tell The Difference Between a Star And a Planet

06/28/2013 // 0 Comments

A Shining Imposter   Not every point of light in the night sky is a star. Sure. Some colorful points of lights are airplanes. Yeah. We all know that. But did you know it’s possible to see siblings of our solar system? Yes—it’s really possible to see planets. Twinkle, twinkle little star…blah blah blah…you know the rest. Something is responsible for a starlight’s restless wiggle. Or twinkle. That something is the comfortable (at least for the time being) atmosphere, which is saturated with many great things: nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, volcano puke, [Click Here To Read Article...]

How To Buy a Telescope: Part 1

06/19/2013 // 2 Comments

The Story of Little Jimmy It’s just another trip to S-Mart, the local big box store, as Jimmy and his mother patiently wait for the glass gate to slide open.  A gust of air howls, carrying with it the aroma of floor wax and commerce. At first, Jimmy thought the toy aisle offered nothing new.  That’s when he laid eyes on the StarBlaster 5000…a rectangular box…proudly boasting its abilities: Magnifies 500x Simple and easy to set up Tonight the universe is yours to behold!   Little Jimmy can’t help but gawk at the graphics…a purple galaxy…an odd planet adorned [Click Here To Read Article...]