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Where’s winter wonderland?

Today, traveling home, the clear evening sky was beautiful and red going to orange, and fog was gently drifting over the pastures. Winter’s coming, Finally. For the meteorologists it’s December 1 that winter starts, but…


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A rough start to the Solar System

The Solar System might have had a rougher start than previously thought. From ScienceNOW: According to the prevailing hypothesis, the solar system condensed out of an immense disk of gas and dust about 4.6 billion…


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Star Chart Tools

Looking for a nice star chart tool on your PDA which is not too expensive? Pocket Stars might be an idea. It costs about 20 dollars. Development and new releases are somewhat irregular, however, but…



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Cooling down in hell

It’s hot on Venus. We already knew. But we do have some cooler places, like 450 Celcius instead of 473 Celcius, as Venus Express shows us. Here you can see the cooler spots for your…


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Parallel Worlds

Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos is a kinky but very readable book from Michio Kaku, about developments in cosmology, from relativity and quantum mechanics to string…


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GraphDark

With GraphDark, a very simple program, you can draw graphs showing you when Sun, Moon and planets rise and set. These graphs are well known from astronomy magazines like Sky & Telescope.