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Tuesday, December 25, 2012


If the skies are clear, tonight, view to the east at sunset for this remarkable frolic between Jupiter,  our Moon and visible stars.   Image:

JUPITER & MOON FOR OPENERS—Guess who received a new telescope for Christmas? If you frequent this blog you’ll note astronomy is a favorite topic.  We live in exciting times when it comes to the cosmos.  My telescope acquisition’s first major discovery was not in the skies but on the Internet.  Previously, for this blog, a big source for outer space shock and awe has been and its various blogs, but recently we discovered another site that’s spacey enough for mention.  This begs the question: where have we been?

Nonetheless, called EarthSky [], it boasts as being a clear voice for science and it advocates science as a vital tool for the 21st century.  What they do is extremely timely and interesting.  For example, tonight they offer space followers an essay on Jupiter and the moon dancing in the sky at sunset (view to the east).

Also, one blog article that’s popular with its viewers is the handy December 2012 guide to the visible planets.

Based in Austin, Texas, EarthSky began producing its award-winning science content in 1991. Today, EarthSky science interviews and other audio and video content are seen, heard, or read millions of times every day on multiple platforms via both broadcast and Internet outlets.

EarthSky enjoys the support and partnership of thousands of scientists and scientific institutions, including Fast Company, Discovery News, the National Science Foundation, Google, NASA, the NASA Night Sky Network, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Research Corporation, Shell, the Edwards Foundation, Advanced MicroDevices, Dow, the Whole Planet Foundation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Geological Society of America, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sustainable Brands, the National Space Grant Foundation, The Economist, and many others.

EarthSky has 1,000+ Global Science Advisors – experts in every field of study – who suggest topics, review content, and provide ongoing help.

The EarthSky broadcast network consists of 1,200+ outlets across the United States and the world. Our daily audio programs are heard approximately 4 million times each day in the U.S. alone.

We know science is not perfect. It’s a process, not a body of facts. History tells us that some of today’s scientific truths will inevitably turn out to be wrong, or only partly true. Still, science leads to profound insights about the natural world that are as true as anything can be here at the beginning of the 21st century.

The EarthSky promise: “To bring the ideas, strategies, and research results of scientists to people around the world, with the goal of illuminating pathways to a sustainable future.”

Unlike NASA, EarthSky is supported by donations: If so moved in the future here's a donation line:

Tomorrow on this blog:  PART 2: NASA's grand video opus: Jupiter, the King!

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