Articles by Clair Wood

 

A farewell to Maine Skies

By Clair Wood on Dec. 02, 2016, at 2:02 p.m.
Continue to watch the skies and be awed by the universe about us. Farewell!

Where did the ‘Harvest Moon’ come from?

By Clair Wood on Sept. 29, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.
Did you ever wonder how the Moon came to be?
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What planets can you see in the sky this September?

By Clair Wood on Sept. 08, 2016, at 3:10 p.m.
Neptune comes into view in the southeast at dusk, its blue-gray disk is best seen around midnight in Aquarius.
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You might be able to spot five planets in the Maine skies in July

By Clair Wood on June 30, 2016, at 3:29 p.m.
Mercury makes it above the western horizon during the final week of July just to the upper left of Venus.
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There’s a new brightest supernova that’s been spotted

By Clair Wood on May 26, 2016, at 2:38 p.m.
Located 3.8 billion light years from Earth, Supernova ASASSN-15th at its peak was 50 times brighter than all the stars in our Milky Way galaxy combined.
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Studying Mars has proven a challenging ordeal

By Clair Wood on April 28, 2016, at 9:22 p.m.
Maine Skies: Space exploration has left dozens of functioning and dead spacecraft and associated debris wandering about the solar system, and nowhere is it more evident than at Mars.
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Maine evening sky, April 2016

New galaxy formed near the dawn of the universe spotted

By Clair Wood on April 07, 2016, at 3:37 p.m.
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Maine evening sky for February 2016

Hunt for possible ninth planet in solar system is on

By Clair Wood on Feb. 04, 2016, at 2:22 p.m.
Some skeptics are awaiting telescopic evidence.
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Maine evening sky, January 2016

Faintest galaxy ever seen discovered

By Clair Wood on Jan. 01, 2016, at 1:50 p.m.
Maine Skies: Astronomers in Chile have discovered the faintest galaxy ever seen in the early universe.
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Maine evening sky, December 2015.

Precession: Pole star shifts, celestial age

By Clair Wood on Nov. 27, 2015, at 6:25 a.m.
All the planetary action favors early risers this month as Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn are all in the late night and predawn sky.
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September 2015 night sky

What makes birds fly south like they do?

By Clair Wood on Aug. 26, 2015, at 6:32 p.m.
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Maine Skies for August 2015

Which galaxy is the brightest?

By Clair Wood on July 31, 2015, at 9:29 a.m.
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Blue moon expected in July

By Clair Wood on July 01, 2015, at 2:42 p.m.
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How lights at the 1933 World’s Fair were turned on by a light from 1893

By Clair Wood on April 30, 2015, at 3:42 p.m.
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Maine Skies for April 2015

The curious case of the sun in two places

By Clair Wood on March 28, 2015, at 11:16 a.m.
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NASA spacecraft approaches Pluto at last

By Clair Wood on Feb. 26, 2015, at 4:27 p.m.
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Maine Skies: Burning questions about stars

By Clair Wood on Dec. 31, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
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November 2014 Evening Sky.

What’s in store for Maine stargazers in November: Jupiter rises in the East

By Clair Wood on Oct. 31, 2014, at 9:14 a.m.
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Communicating with Voyager 1, farthest man-made object from Earth, takes over 33 hours

By Clair Wood on Feb. 26, 2014, at 2:21 p.m.
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How many stars can we see?

By Clair Wood on Aug. 30, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.