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Before the application of the telescope to astronomy in 1608, the human eye was the only observing instrument available.

By Barry Malpas, Astronomy Columnist September 15, 2020
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Although we visibly see the very brightest, high mass stars in the evening sky, they live the shortest lives, some being only a few million years.

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So what does this subject have to do with astronomy?

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The Constellations we are familiar with are the “official” Greco-Roman ones accepted by the International Astronomical Union.

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Mercury is only 0.38 the size of Earth and one of only two planets nearer to the Sun than us, the other being Venus, and therefore is never seen in the evening sky.

By Barry Malpas, Astronomy Columnist December 3, 2019
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In the common vernacular the term theory is often used to mean a hunch, supposition, guess or speculation.

By Barry Malpas, Astronomy Columnist October 23, 2019
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WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Since ancient times, people have observed the skies, but only in the visible spectrum (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-violet) and with only their unaided eyes.

By Barry Malpas, Astronomy Columnist September 24, 2019
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Although there are about 30 annual meteor showers, only a few are often spectacular, such as the November Leonids, the December Geminids or the August Perseid show, which often exhibits many “shooting stars” and has a maximum intensity falling around Aug. 12.

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The largest and one of the most interesting to observe planets in our solar system is Jupiter, which contains about two and a half times the mass of the other seven.

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On April 10, scientists revealed for the first time an image taken of a super-massive black hole.

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