June 5: The Last Transit of Venus Of Your Lifetime

The last Transit of Venus of your lifetime will happen on June 5, 2012, and the observatories, astronomy clubs, and planetariums of Michigan aim to help you see it. What’s a transit? A transit, from our perspective, is when an object in space passes between the earth and the sun. To simplify a bit: Venus […]

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Knowing Right From Wrong

On October 21, 2004, I gave a talk at the Warren Astronomical Society. It was based on a book written in 1909 called Curiosities of the Sky, written by Garrett Putnam Serviss. Since it is out of copyright, it is available for free at Project Gutenberg. Download it and read it. That’s what I did. The book consists […]

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Giovanni Schiaparelli and Averted Imagination

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, astronomer and science historian Giovanni Schiaparelli researched the history of astronomy (discovering that two ancient Greek astronomers had a much more advanced concept of the solar system than their successors), discovered the asteroid 97 Hesperia, discovered the origin of several periodic meteor showers as debris from the […]

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