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Sky Tonight—April 2, Follow the arc to Arcturus

Sky Tonight—April 2, Follow the arc to Arcturus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Now is a perfect time to look outside in the evening and learn a playful phrase useful to skywatchers. Scouts learn it. Grandparents teach it to kids. It was one of the first sky tools I learned to use in astronomy. The phrase is: follow the arc to Arcturus. First locate the Big Dipper asterism in the northeastern sky in mid-evening, maybe around 9 p.m. Can’t find the Big Dipper? Look ahead to our ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  It's Raining on Titan Illustration Credit & Copyright: David A. Hardy (AstroArt) Explanation: It's been raining on Titan. In fact, it's likely been raining methane on Titan and that's not an April Fools' joke. The almost familiar scene depicted in this artist's vision of the surface of Saturn's largest moon looks across an eroding landscape into a stormy sky. That scenario is consistent with seasonal rain storms temporarily darkening Titan's surface along the moon's ... Full Story

Certain Proof: A Question of Worth

Certain Proof: A Question of Worth

  Film Review from Vail Film Festival By Thomas N.   Certain Proof: A Question of Worth is a heart-touching documentary that premiered Thursday, March 31 at the 2011Vail Film Festival. The film focuses on three North Carolina children who with Cerebral Palsy fight to prove their worth. The movie introduces sweet smiling first-grader Josh, charming Colin entering third grade and spirited Kay, challenged with the middle school years. The film documents a two and a half year ... Full Story

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