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  • Astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 'Kiss'

    Astronomical sleuth reveals the timing of the iconic 1945 'Kiss'
    It's an iconic image: A sailor kisses a nurse in Times Square after hearing the news that World War II was officially over — just after 7 p.m. on August 14, 1945.
  • Community news: Observatory in Lowell hosts open house

    The Calumet Astronomical Society will host an open house at the Thomas Conway Observatory, 191st Avenue and Chase Street in Lowell, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25. The evening moon provides an excellent opportunity to view its geological...

    Tonight, Jupiter and Venus meet in a summer sky

    Tonight, Jupiter and Venus meet in a summer sky
    It’s been a slow summer dance as Venus and Jupiter have sidled up to one another over the month of June, but tonight is the night of the big rendezvous: Conjunction, when the two planets will appear close enough in the night sky to kiss. Amateur...

    'Leap second': Why June 30 will have one extra second

    'Leap second': Why June 30 will have one extra second
    On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second." At that moment, the official atomic clocks that keep Universal Coordinated Time will mark the time as 23h 59m 59s, followed by the leap second 23h 59m...

    Jupiter and Venus so close they'll look like they're bumping

    Jupiter and Venus so close they'll look like they're bumping
    After drawing closer to each other for the past month, Jupiter and Venus will be at their closest on Tuesday, so tightly huddled they'll look like a brilliant double star in the evening sky. Then the two will spend five nights within 2 degrees of each...