The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
Blog 26: The great American eclipse
Joe Bauman
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August
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 25: A night on Frisco Peak
    17 Aug, 2017
    Blog 25: A night on Frisco Peak
    Frisco Peak, the highest point of southern Utah’s San Francisco Mountains, pokes up 3,000 feet above the sagebrush desert. The heavily wooded mountaintop houses a big set of microwave repeater towers. Windswept bristlecone pines and other evergreens and shrubs lean around the peak, which reaches the elevation of 9,660 feet. Mountain range after mountain range recede to the horizon. But what brought Nightly News there wasn't the microwave towers or the spectacular Beaver County scenery. Jolting
  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