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The First Geek

Not all geeks are astronomers, but many astronomers are geeks. Let's take a look at the archetypal geek who died 22 centuries ago.

Neytiri from Avatar

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Stargazing and Science Fiction

Logically, science fiction is completely unrelated to stargazing — but human beings don't live by logic alone. In fact there's an intimate relationship between these two pastimes.

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Debating Human Spaceflight

On March 15th a distinguished panel discussed the future of human spaceflight at New York's Hayden Planetarium.

Binoculars: Guides and Recommendations

Binocular Blogs

Binocular stargazing has a peaceful, organic quality that's hard to achieve through a telescope. Here's a list of some blogs the author has written on this subject.

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Stargazing Blogs

Here's an index to the Stargazing blogs written from 2007 to 2011.

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Index to Stargazing Blogs

Nobody else may care about blogs that I wrote three years ago — but I do, because I like to hyperlink to older blogs when I write new ones. So here, in case anybody's interested, is a list of all Stargazing blogs from 2007 through 2010: 2010 Oct 26, 2010Guest…

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The Belt of Venus

This pink border lining Earth's shadow opposite the just-set or about-to-rise Sun is often seen but rarely recognized.

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Thoughts about Pluto

Eighty years ago, Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto while comparing two photographs taken a few weeks earlier. How does his discovery look in light of our current knowledge?

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Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta

Venus and Jupiter have a close but difficult conjunction shortly after sunset on Tuesday, Feb. 16. And after the sky gets dark, you have an unusual chance to see an asteroid with hardly any effort at all.

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Thoughts about Star Charts

The author ponders the dilemmas of providing star charts for observing articles in Sky & Telescope.

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Double-Star Resources

Here are some handy reference works for people who love to observe double stars and want to expand their horizons.

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The Joy of Double Stars

Double stars are fun, quick, and easy to observe.

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My First Grazing Occultation

It's great when an astronomical event far exceeds your expectations.

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More on Scopes and Binoculars

What sized telescope is equivalent to a pair of 70-mm binoculars? To some extent, this is a question without an answer — like comparing apples to oranges. But for some purposes, 70-mm binoculars can actually do better than a 100-mm scope. In other words, the human brain sometimes gets better results combining the light seen through two eyes than you can get by doubling the light seen through one eye.

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Paradoxical Messier 33

Messier 33, which rides high in the sky on late-autmun evenings, can be the most rewarding or frustrating of all galaxies, depending on your conditions and your mindset.

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Chainsaw Astronomy

Cutting down trees to get a better view of the night sky can be a surprisingly emotional issue.

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Doing Deep-Sky Wonders

It's hard to find a better way to spend an hour or two outside on a clear, moonless night than viewing the targets from the latest Deep-Sky Wonders column through a telescope.

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Hiking Under the Stars

The view from New Hampshire's Mount Guyot: Venus blazes above the glow of the impending sunrise.

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Light Pollution in North America

According to the Light Pollution Atlas, there's a fourfold variation in light pollution per capita among metropolitan areas in the U.S. and Canada.

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Grand Canyon North-Rim Star Party 2009

The Grand Canyon Star Party is one of the largest public star parties in the United States.

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