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Apollo Program – Quiz
2019 was the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. How many manned missions went to the Moon? Everybody knows who the first man on the Moon was – but who was the last one? What was a falcon feather doing on the Moon? Try the quiz and find out.

Octans – the Octant
Octans was one of the southern constellations created by 18th-century French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille. He used them to fill the gaps in the southern sky map, naming them for tools of the arts and sciences of his day. An octant was a navigation device that preceded the sextant.

Moons – Super, Blue, Black, Blood
Social media and tabloid journalism are full of special names for the Moon and their supposed associated disasters or delights. Have you wondered what a supermoon is? Or a Blue Moon, Black Moon, or Blood Moon? Are they really rare astronomical events and portents of doom?

Apollo 11: The Inside Story - book review
The 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing was on July 20, 2019, and there were books galore to celebrate it. Apollo 11: The Inside Story tells the fascinating story of how the space race was a battlefront in the Cold War as two competing ideologies vied for supremacy.

Draco – the Dragon
An enormous dragon circles the northern celestial pole. It's Draco, the constellation that contains a star that was the pole star at the time of the pharaohs, numerous impressive deep sky objects, and dozens of exoplanets.

Ophiuchus – the Tour
Ophiuchus the Snake Bearer represents the healer Asclepius who was a god of healing in classical times. He was associated with snakes – symbols of wisdom and regeneration – and in the sky he's entwined with Serpens.

Serpens – a Tour of the Celestial Snake
Snakes were revered in ancient Greece. They represented wisdom, healing and rebirth. The constellation Serpens was included in a 2nd century star catalog, but it's much older than that. Seen through telescopes, it's rich in deep sky objects.

What Is a Nebula
Nebulae are titanic clouds of gas and dust – celestial gossamer in the spaces between the stars. They're stellar nurseries, stellar graveyards and dark constellations. Some of their mysteries have been penetrated by infrared telescopes, but the cloaking dust still keeps some secrets.

Serpens and Ophiuchus - Ancient Tales
What is the link between two ancient constellations and modern medicine? According to one myth, how did Ophiuchus end up in the sky? Why would a healer be associated with a snake?

Jupiter the Giant Planet
Almost everything about Jupiter is a superlative. The Solar System's biggest planet also has the most moons, and its magnetic influence extends well over a million miles into space. It's appropriately named for the mighty king of the classical Roman gods.

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