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Sun Halo at Winter Solstice

“Sometimes it looks like the Sun is being viewed through a large lens. In the above case, however, there are actually millions of lenses: ice crystals. As water freezes in the upper atmosphere, small, flat, six-sided, ice crystals might be … Continue reading

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Linus Pauling

" As with many scientists, Linus Pauling utilized bound notebooks to keep track of the details of his research as it unfolded. A testament to the remarkable length and diversity of Dr. Pauling’s career, the Pauling Papers holdings include forty-six … Continue reading

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A Peek at the Moon

LTO-63C3Peek Lunar Topographic Orthophotomap (LTO) Series Publisher: Defense Mapping Agency Scale: 1: 250,000 Projection: Transverse Mercator Lunar and Planetary Institute … "the regions have cute names (daguerre, hypatia, kant, very, da vinci, fahrenheit, gutenberg, etc)." Christine

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Aurora Borealis

Where to look: Start by looking toward the northern horizon. 90% of auroral displays start there. From the northern horizon, a full blown northern lights display can expand overhead or even into a portion of the southern sky. There can … Continue reading

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Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

“The best astronomical events usually seem to happen at the worst times and places — at 3 a.m. low above your most obstructed horizon, or maybe only in East Antarctica. But not this time, not for observers anywhere in the … Continue reading

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Mokele-mbembe

Artwork by Bill Rebsamen “In the jungles of central Africa countries of Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon are reports of animal an animal with a long neck, a long tail, and rounded shape tracks with three claws. The closest known animal … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm

“On a sunny morning in 1991, at a home site on Sullivans Island, South Carolina, George Paul, designer and builder of dome structures, anxiously watched an Airform inflating. Paul had watched many such inflations before – but never with this … Continue reading

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Weather Forecasts

“April and May will be warmer than usual, with near- to above-normal rainfall. The summer will be hotter than normal, primarily due to an exceptionally hot August. Rainfall will be very close to normal, with the heaviest rains in July. … Continue reading

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Dragon Skies

“Some of the world’s oldst stargazing tools, used by the royal astronomers of ancient China, are on display in Oakland, California; in their first appearance in the United States, at the Chabot Space and Science Center.” Dragon Skies The Astronomy … Continue reading

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Zero-volume Bottle

“At last, Acme has conquered topological and engineering frontiers to manufacture genuine glass Klein Bottles. These are the finest closed, non-orientable, boundary-free manifolds sold anywhere in our three spatial dimensions. These elegant bottles make great gifts, fantastic classroom displays, and … Continue reading

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