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Regulars (Sky Watch by J. Alex Knoll)

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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