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Waxing Gibbous

Earths natural satellite, Luna, in it's Waxing Gibbous phase.

Partial Eclipse 2017

Maximum coverage from Morgantown, WV

Total Solar Eclipse Montage

A montage of the eclipse as seen from Glenrock, WY

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MY STORY Stories From Our Members

Love for an Unconventional Telescope

by Andrea Albert

November 18, 2016

I am a postdoc at Los Alamos National Lab and I study the sky that our eyes can't see--the gamma-ray sky. These are the highest energy photons known and come from some of the coolest most extreme cosmic processes. I work with the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Telescope, which doesn't look like a conventional telescope. But this is what you need to "see" gamma rays.

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How I came to love Science and Space Travel

by Dave Vander Vlucht

November 18, 2016

When I was a young boy in the 1960s, my mother and I visited with a good friend of hers. Her friend's son was watching Star Trek, so I sat next to him and what I saw I thought was so cool. It was the episode where Captain Kirk was on this planet with a Lizard like creature named the Gorn. They had to battle each other to the death. Another influence was the landing on the Moon in 1969. I watched it on a black and white TV. These two incidents in my young age influenced me, and ever ... more »

Space Love Story

by James Kaplan

November 18, 2016

In the interests of full disclosure, I am one of Mat Kaplan's brothers. So I may be a bit biased when I say, "Planetary Radio is the greatest thing to happen to radio since the invention of the transistor." I'd like to apologize to my big Bro for, when young and innocent, disassembling various items of his personal property. Fortunately his telescope remained intact, and through it I first gazed upon the Moon and Saturn in awe.

At about age five I was introduced to humankind in space with a record album my parent's gave me. My two favorite songs were ... more »

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