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Articles by J. Alex Knoll

The statues of Easter Island have front-row seats for solar eclipse

Early risers Friday might catch the last of the waning crescent moon low in the east in the 90 minutes before daybreak at 5:48. Ten degrees to its left, glows Aldebaran, the bright red heart of Taurus the bull. Later that same day, as darkness settles in after 8:30, Venus appears above the west horizon....

The statues of Easter Island have front-row seats for solar eclipse

 

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Looking at a star map, the world really is turned upside-down

A reader asked what she was seeing from her northeast-facing window. “Would I see evening or morning stars in this direction?” And would the same be true for planets? “I did look at your column and thought I understood the paragraph about Venus, but now I'm not so sure. Help! Thanks a bunch.”

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While binoculars help reveal distant stars and planets, our own galaxy is disappearing before our very eyes

 

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All those phases are just figments of our own perception

 

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Look low in the west after sunset for your own UFO

 

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Circling earth at more than 17,000 miles an hour, the International Space Station is a fleeting target

 

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