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Double full moon will grace skies in August
Next month we will have two full moons, one on Aug. 1 and the second on Aug. 31. This rare occasion is possible because the lunar phase period is 29.5 days.
Book can take us on tour of solar system
It may be another century before humans can visit all the unusual sites in our solar system.
But the large format book, “A Voyage Across the Cosmos” features a beautiful array of images of these places as well as sights of our galaxy and many superb deep space wonders.
Survey reveals a few surprises about people
There was a fascinating book published last year called “The Unofficial U.S. Census” compiled from surveys by the Pew, Gallup & Harris poling firms and organizations both governmental and business that are reputable.
This is science you can use every day
There’s an interesting new book that shows how science can be helpful in our everyday lives. “Better Living Through Science” by Mark Frary was published by Modern Books in 2011 (from the U.K.) and has ISBN 978-1-906761-32-5.
Here are sky sights for the rest of the year
The moon is full on the evening of July 3, rising as the sun sets. This is the lowest full moon of the year, never getting higher than one third of the way up in the South in the middle of the night (about 1 a.m.).
Let’s look at medicine throughout the ages
My last week’s column was about our cells, intricate chemical factories that make up our body tissues and fluids.
It’s hustle and bustle inside our body’s cells
Just as the last century saw a great series of discoveries about our universe, this same period witnessed an enormous development in our understanding of the basic unit of life, the cell.
Use sun, moon, stars to find your direction
Most of the time, you don’t need to know the compass directions — north, east, south or west. But knowing them can be useful.
Get ready, watch the transit of Venus safely
Tonight’s and tomorrow’s evening moons will be very full. (Actual time when the moon is directly opposite the sun is 7:11 a.m. tomorrow, the exact time of full moon.)
Book can help you succeed in college
Some readers of this column may have daughters or sons or perhaps granddaughters or grandsons that have just graduated from high school.
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