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StarDate 4/23/2014: Time Bombs In The Evening Sky

Several ticking time bombs are in view as darkness falls this evening. The list includes most of the bright stars of Orion, which is low in the west: orange Betelgeuse, the three stars of Orion’s Belt below it, and Rigel below the belt.

04/23/2014

The Unisphere at the World's Fair in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. (Ron White)

StarDate 4/22/2014: 50-Year Anniversary Of ‘Space Fair’

The 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York, was all about the future. It opened 50 years ago today, offering visitors a chance to see TV phones, a computer that could read handwriting, and a futuristic new sports car: the Ford Mustang.

04/22/2014

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StarDate 4/21/2014: The Emptiness Between The Stars

It’s lonely out here in the galactic suburbs. The closest neighbors are light-years away — distances that are truly astounding.

04/21/2014

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StarDate 4/17/2014: Moon And The Scorpion

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS McDONALD OBSERVATORY, AS HEARD ON KCBS RADIO WEEKDAYS @ 9:52 A.M., 7:35 P.M. & 2:52 A.M. STARDATE 4/17/2014:  The heart of the scorpion is doomed. Sometime within the next million years or […]

04/17/2014

Bread (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

15 Things You Can Do In The Bay Area This Week — April 20th-April 27th

Bread making, dogs in costumes, free music, whales, and of course, baseball this week!

04/16/2014

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StarDate 4/16/2014: The Moon And Saturn

The Moon and the planet Saturn stage quite a performance tonight. They rise in late evening, with bright golden Saturn quite close to the upper left of the Moon.

04/16/2014

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When Is The Next Blood Moon? October 8th Date For Rare Lunar ‘Tetrad’

After dazzling sky watchers Monday night, get ready for round two. Set your calendar for October 8th, when the second total lunar eclipse in this “Blood Moon” tetrad occurs, but this one is for super early risers, or serious night owls. The full eclipse will occur at 3:55 a.m. over the San Francisco – San Jose – Oakland area.

04/15/2014

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Stardate 4/15/14: Arcturus Shines Bright, But Not Forever

The star patterns that form pretty pictures in the night sky are all temporary. Over time, their shapes will change, erasing the old pictures and creating new ones. It’s not something that’s visible in a human lifetime — or, with a few exceptions, in a hundred lifetimes.

04/15/2014

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StarDate 4/14/2014: Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse, Plus Star ‘Spica’

Tonight is one of the best skywatching nights of the year. The planet Mars blazes through the night like a brilliant orange beacon, with the bright star Spica nearby. But what really elevates the night is a total lunar eclipse, which takes place just a few degrees away from Mars.

04/14/2014