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Aug 16, 2014 — For those willing to travel a bit, venture out and allow your eyes to adjust to the darkness, many places still offer the chance to enjoy the soul-lifting sight of a starry night sky.
Aug 10, 2014 — The second of three so-called "supermoons" this year can be seen under clear skies Sunday night, but some argue the term is a bit of a stretch.
Aug 4, 2014 — The European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission has taken the long way to reach Comet 67/P. Later this week, it will finally arrive.
Jun 23, 2014 — On Titan, summer is almost three years away. But in a dark, placid ocean of natural gas, scientists have spotted something that could be the first inkling of springtime.
May 20, 2014 — Fifty years ago today, two astronomers in New Jersey accidentally discovered the Big Bang's afterglow. The roaring space static their hilltop antenna detected came from the birth of the universe.

Mars Call-in:
Archive of call-in about the Mars near encounter.
Mars' path over Canton

St. Lawrence University Physics Professor Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue keeps an eye on the stars for North Country Public Radio.
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Dr. O'Donoghue's Sky Events page

Astronomy Resources - astronomy related news, books and web resources.

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August's Night Sky: Catching Up with Mars

On August 27th, the planet Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been in more than 50,000 years. Look for Mars rising in the east at twilight and setting in the west at dawn. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University Astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about our close encounter with the Red Planet.  Go to full article
Dark "freckles" southeast of Jupiter's Red Spot are stupendous impact craters from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.

Looking Up with Astronomer Dave Levy

David Levy has discovered 21 comets--8 from his own backyard. He's managed to turn a childhood fascination with science and the night-sky into a career as an author, educator, and science editor of Parade Magazine. He was in Plattsburgh Friday for a lecture and reception for a special showing of the Plattsburgh College Planetarium's "Light-Hearted Astronomer" display.

Levy is, himself, a light-hearted astronomer, a confirmed but knowledgeable amateur observer. News Director Martha Foley spoke with him by phone as he was visiting the Adirondack Science Camp at Twin Valleys Outdoor Education Center near Lewis, about 40 miles south of Plattsburgh State. The camp is far from the glow of the North Country's minor metropolises, and it's where Levy caught the astronomy bug 40 years ago. Asthma kept him from a more traditional sports-based summer camp experience, but the college's summer science center was just right--it was really dark there, and kids could stay up late to stargaze...  Go to full article

Looking Skyward

Mars is a big show in the night sky this month, and there's a lunar eclipse coming soon. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about the May night sky.  Go to full article

What's Up in the Spring Night Sky?

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University Astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about spring star gazing. It's time to say farewell to Orion and hello to Leo.  Go to full article

Starlight, Star Bright: Venus, Mars and Jupiter in the Late Winter Night Sky

Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue.  Go to full article

January's Night Sky

It was another clear morning, with bright stars in the eastern and western skies. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University astronomer Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue.  Go to full article

The Winter Night Sky: Venus and Mother O'Ryan

Anyone who was up and looking east this morning could not have missed a spectacular site: the crescent moon and Venus. Martha Foley talks with St. Lawrence University...  Go to full article

The November Night Sky: Planets, Stars and Meteor Showers!

This week's Leonid meteor shower may be the largest such display until the end of the century, with hundreds of meteors visible in the night sky....  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Asteroids

Asteroids have left their mark on the earth and moon, but how big do they need to be in order to make it through the earth's atmosphere?  Go to full article

Great Lakes Radio Consortium: Women Astronomers

Astronomy historically has been dominated by men, but women have left their mark over the years. A new planetarium show is trying to shine a little light on advances in...  Go to full article

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