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Deborah Byrd

Coma Berenices: How Leo the Lion lost his tail

Coma Berenices is the constellation of Queen Berenice's Hair. It used to be the tail of Leo the Lion before it became its own constellation.

Bird flu outbreak: Should you take down feeders?

A highly pathogenic bird flu is spreading among U.S. birds. Researchers originally recommended taking down feeders. Here's what they're saying now.

Why does the moon seem to follow me?

Here's something you - or your kids - might have noticed: When you're in a moving car, earthly objects get left behind, but the moon seems to follow. Why?

Starburst galaxies flourished in early universe

The early universe was a hotbed of star formation! In its first few billion years, our universe apparently produced 60-90% of its stars in starburst galaxies.
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Sun activity: An exciting week!

Sun activity for the week of March 28 to April 3, 2022: Sun activity was high. Multiple CMEs came Earth's way. Auroral displays. An X-flare!

Yuri’s Night: World Space Party – a time to celebrate

Yuri Gagarin's space flight is remembered in Yuri's Night celebrations. This Russian pilot was the first man to fly into orbit, in 1961.

Virga is rain that doesn’t reach the ground

We've all seen virga, but maybe not known what it's called. Virga is rain that evaporates before it hits the ground. Enjoy these photos!

Aurora season: Why more auroras at equinoxes?

An aurora season occurs in March and October each year, due to the way the magnetic fields of the sun and the Earth work in conjunction with sun-Earth geometry.

Odd radio circles perplex astronomers

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory released a new image of ORCs on March 22, 2022. ORCs are odd radio circles in space.

Westward shift of Orion and all the stars

As Earth makes its grand tour around the sun each year, the constellations all shift westward in our sky. Orion is a good one to notice.