Winter Solstice 2015

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 22nd, is the Winter Solstice for this year. You may have heard this term used quite often, perhaps in newscasts, newspapers or magazines. Just what is the Winter Solstice and, the question may occur to you, are there analogs to this phenomenon for the other seasons. Well it turns out that there … More Winter Solstice 2015

Congress Votes to Nix President’s Clean Power Plan Amid Climate Talks in Paris

By Elizabeth Goldbaum, Science Policy Fellow Washington, D.C. – The House and Senate approved two resolutions that would halt the president’s plan to regulate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. S.J.Res.23 is a “joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval” to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules to reduce emissions from new and…

NASA Releases Highest Res Images From New Horizons Pluto Flyby

Who would have thought that Clyde Tombaugh’s discovery of the long sought trans-Neptunian planet in February of 1930 would have us flying by that feeble speck 85 years later! What were two separate, minute points on Clyde’s January 1930 discovery plates are now resolved with unprecedented clarity and detail to be an ice world of … More NASA Releases Highest Res Images From New Horizons Pluto Flyby

Moon Occults Brilliant Venus in Spectacular Early Morning Sky

Early risers on Monday, December 7th in the US, Canada, and Central America will wake up to witness the Moon pass directly in front of, or occult, Venus after sunrise! With Virgo placed prominently in the southeast in the early morning hours, the occultation occurs after sunrise amid a brilliant, early morning display prominent just … More Moon Occults Brilliant Venus in Spectacular Early Morning Sky