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StarDate: ‘New’ Stars

At Christmas of 1934, a bright “new” star exploded to life in Hercules. For a few days, it was one of the brightest stars in the night sky. It made the front pages of newspapers, and astronomers tracked it for months as it slowly faded from sight.

07/18/2014

A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Supermoon Facts To Impress Your Date

If you find yourself out gazing at a supermoon with a special someone, here are a few facts to help you impress them because you can actually tell them why the moon looks so huge, and where the term ‘supermoon’ came from.

07/12/2014

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StarDate 7/9/2014: A Glittering Test Subject In The Summer Sky

Over the decades, when astronomers wanted a subject for testing new techniques for studying the stars, they frequently turned to Vega, the brightest star of Lyra, the harp.

07/09/2014

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StarDate: Eta Carinae

One of the most intriguing star systems in the galaxy may be about to get a lot more interesting.

06/16/2014

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StarDate: Disappearing Cluster

The Beehive, M44, is one of the brightest star clusters in the sky with about 1,000 stars, but this StarDate segment explains that it’s evaporating before our eyes.

06/02/2014

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StarDate 5/29/2014: Looking For Stellar Companions

Most of the stars that you see in the night sky aren’t alone — they consist of two stars or more. They’re so far away, though, that their light merges into a single pinpoint.

05/29/2014

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StarDate: Moon, Venus, and Meteors

The hours between midnight and dawn tonight offer skywatchers both promise and potential. StarDate promises a beautiful encounter between the moon and the “morning star”.

05/23/2014

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StarDate 5/14/2014: Moon And Saturn

Like a herald announcing the approach of a king, the planet Saturn leads the full Moon across the sky tonight.

05/14/2014

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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

Aimee Teegarden as Emery and Matt Lanter as Roman (credit: Mathieu Young/The CW)

Cast & Crew of KBCW’s ‘Star-Crossed’ Visits Wondercon 2014

Franco Finn talks to the stars of “Star-Crossed” in Anaheim at the annual Wondercon…

04/20/2014

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