The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
Blog 25: A night on Frisco Peak
Joe Bauman
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2017

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  1. Blog 28: Life on other planets -- and an angel
    17 Sep, 2017
    Blog 28: Life on other planets -- and an angel
    Part 1: Alien Life Can we prove that life exists away from Earth? Science has gone a long way toward indicating the possibility. The Kepler spacecraft alone has confirmed 2,335 exoplanets of all sizes and configurations. Planet candidates -- not yet confirmed but highly possible sightings by Kepler -- number thousands more. Of the confirmed, more than 30 are known to be planets not larger than twice Earth’s size orbiting in the habitable zone of their stars. And it’s important to remember
  2. Blog 27: Disaster
    07 Sep, 2017
    Blog 27: Disaster
    Many horrific human disasters are happening as I write -- in the United States alone, monstrous forest fires are roaring through Washington, Oregon and Montana, killing people, threatening parks and destroying homes; Texas is reeling in the aftermath of the deadly Hurricane Harvey; Florida is evacuating cities for what is potentially an even more destructive hurricane, Irma, and two others are churning nearby. Wildfires in our region are so large that here in Salt Lake City I felt sick and my
  3. Blog 26: The great American eclipse
    27 Aug, 2017
    Blog 26: The great American eclipse
    Of the six total solar eclipses I've witnessed, this was by far the most beautiful. In the days preceding the eclipse of Monday, August 21, 2017, a unique mass migration poured into the zone of totality, a swatch stretching from Oregon to South Carolina -- a streak more than 2,600 miles long and only around 65 miles wide. How many millions made the trek or were lucky enough to experience totality from their homes, is anybody's guess. Here's one story of the adventure among millions. Predicted
  4. Blog 24: Weather or not
    07 Aug, 2017
    Blog 24: Weather or not
    I was excited about an astronomy expedition. It was a valuable opportunity. Bad weather with rainstorms that flooded a basement closet, and events that required my presence such as the dedication of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society’s new observatory and Mike Clements’ telescope, had claimed all my evenings during July’s new moon period -- until then, Friday-Saturday night, July 28-29. Beyond that chance, the remaining dark nights in July and early August were out of the equation for the