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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

Black Holes and Stunning TV Illustrations

by Todd Boldizsar

November 17, 2016

I found my passion at 30.

I began watching television shows like Through The Wormhole, and was fascinated by our studies of black holes and what happens to matter and light when it reaches and crosses the event horizon. After Through the Wormhole, I began my quest to quench my thirst for knowledge. After discovering Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Cosmos, I went back to watch the originals and began my study of Carl Sagan's work. Since then, I simply can't get enough.

Just over a year later, I am taking classes on black holes from UCLA, I am the proud owner of a ... more »

This is Our Home, but will it be Our Only Home?

by Ty Wait

November 17, 2016

My love and fascination with space began with a children's book, The Golden Book of Astronomy: A Child's Introduction to the Wonders of Space, which I received around age 6 or 7. What I remember most is the feeling of the impact of the images, not only of the planets and moons, but also of the ancient peoples who revered the myths they built around the little points of light in the sky. I wanted to know more about what was really "out there".

While I have never become an astronomer, an astronaut, or even worked with a company involved in ... more »

On a Tuesday in February

by Tom Spencer

November 17, 2016

My space story begins on February 20, 1962. Most of you will recognize the date. I was in the fourth grade. Our class had watched the progress of John Glenn's flight during the school day. When school was out, we were supposed to have a Cub Scout meeting, but that didn't happen. Instead, we all gathered around my friend's little black-and-white TV in his basement.

We knew that there was a possible malfunction. Had the heat shield inadvertently deployed? Would John burn up as the capsule re-entered the earth's atmosphere? No one knew, not even John, as it turned out. So ... more »

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