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NGC 6749 Aquila — Tough Cookie, Soft Heart

Aug 24 2013 01:52 PM | Nightfall S Africa in Astronomical History

As you gaze at it today, you are witnessing the slow demise of once-serene grande-dame who lived on an isolated country estate but has now fallen into the midst of a tough, teeming city.

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John: You Have Arrived

Dec 18 2009 09:25 AM | PhotonJohn in Astronomical History

was a huge fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus, which was always on WPBT channel 2 the local PBS station and aired from 11:00 to 11:55 pm. Right before going off the air at 11:55 pm, Jack Horkheimer, then known as the Star Hustler would come on and talk about what was visible in the night sky

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Dec 08 2009 06:59 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

The Fabry – Pérot etalon is at the heart of all modern Hydrogen-alpha and CaK Calcium narrow bandwidth solar filers

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The Red Sirius

Oct 21 2009 06:12 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

One of the most vexing problems of the history of astronomy is the fact that, though today Sirius is conspicuously blue-white in color, every Classical writer that says anything at all about the matter describes the star in no uncertain terms as red or ruddy

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Galileo's Telescope

Oct 12 2009 09:15 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

I doubt there are many amateur astronomers out there who are unaware that this year marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo's discovery of

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The Best Views of the Universe are from our Backyards

Jun 25 2009 06:19 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

Science fiction and time exposure telescopic pictures have long provided mass audiences with tantalising but completely false views of the universe

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The Princeton Stellar Association

Sep 16 2008 04:58 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

A Tale from the "Good Old Days" of Amateur Astronomy

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Roving Mars IMAX Movie

Feb 16 2006 07:20 AM | ChiAstroJoe in Astronomical History

The Chicago Astronomers Preview the IMAX film "Roving Mars"

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Sir Robert Ball - the Victorian Patrick Moore

Dec 13 2005 04:24 AM | Guest in Astronomical History

Mention astronomy today, to friends, family or colleagues in whatever walk of life, and ask them to name but one astronomer and the answer

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