Andrew Fraknoi

Apr. 11, 2014

Up Close With the Lunar Eclipse

The lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15, will be visible from all over North and South America.

moon, eclipse, sun, lunar eclipse, astronomy, andrew fraknoi

Nov. 22, 2013

ISON: The Comet of the Century . . . or Is It?

As Comet ISON skirts the sun, it could be destroyed—or emerge, even more spectacular than before.

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Jan. 04, 2013

A Journey to the Oort Cloud, Where Comets Are Born

The comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers last year, will zoom past the Earth next fall. But where did it come from?

comet, meteor shower, asteroids, oort cloud, fraknoi

Jan. 06, 2012

Winter Wonderland? Wonder No Longer

A panel of experts discusses the different scientific phenomena that combine to make up the winter season.

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Aug. 13, 2010

SETI Throws A Party

SETIcon celebrates all things extraterrestrial this weekend.

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Comet's Tail Shines Light on Sun

\tIn 2011, comet Lovejoy traveled through the sun’s corona and lived to tell the tale. But its tail was the most telling. Reporting in the journal Science, Cooper Downs, an astrophysicist at Predictive Science Inc. in San Diego, Calif., says that the wiggly path of the comet’s tail helps explain the sun’s magnetic field. \t 

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