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Larry Sessions

5 myths about the moon

Moon myths, take that! Here are 5 of the most common myths about our moon explained.

Fomalhaut had first visible exoplanet

How to see the star Fomalhaut in your sky and a word about Fomalhaut b, the first planet beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic images.

Altair is the bright star of the Eagle

Altair needs only 10 hours to spin once on its axis, in contrast to roughly a month for our sun. This mighty star spins on its axis faster than Earth does!

Earth’s eclipses are special

Solar eclipses aren’t exclusive to Earth, but eclipses viewed from our planet have few rivals in the solar system. A word about Earth’s solar eclipses, and what eclipses would be like on other planets, here.

Vega is the Harp Star

One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “

Antares is Heart of the Scorpion

Bright red Antares is easy to spot now. It’s the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius and represents the Scorpion’s Heart.

The enduring mystique of Barnard’s Star

Sometimes called Barnard’s Runaway Star, it’s one of the best known stars in the history of astronomy and in popular culture.

The Guardians of the Pole

Kochab and Pherkad – 2 stars in the Little Dipper – are called Guardians of the Pole. How to find them and more.

Cottonwood trees and the snows of June

Cottonwood trees in the American West are a nuisance to some and a treasure to others. They yield shade, beautiful foliage and, in June, a kind of warm, fluffy “snow.”

Alpha Centauri system, closest to sun

We see this star system as a single star, but it’s really 3 stars. Of the 3, Proxima is closer to our sun than any other known star.