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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Mercury (and Mars)

If you happen to live in an area where clouds and/or light pollution aren’t blocking your view of the sky (Chicago, I love you, but you do have a tendency to thwart my inner astronomer), take a moment to look for Mercury. The … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: Mars helps Mommyo spot Uranus

Apparently, the moon is tired, because Mars will be our tour guide tonight. (Assuming cloud cover and light pollution in Chicago permit us to even find Mars, that is. Oh, to live in a place with stars.) But let’s be … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Saturn

The moon is really working over time to help me spot things in the night sky this month. Tonight and tomorrow, it’s pairing up with Saturn. The best view is, sadly, just before dawn. Still, Andrew Fazekas at National Geographic tells me … Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo find Regulus

Although I am fascinated by the stars, I’m not terribly good at identifying them. Tonight, though, the moon’s going to help me out. Andrew Fazekas, who writes on the night sky for National Geographic, tells me that tonight, the moon will … Continue reading

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“Why do they call it a blue moon?”

Driving home late on April 4th, The Eight-Year-Old noticed that the moon was full. Mommyo, incorrectly: “It’s early in the month. I wonder if we’ll have a blue moon in April.” Thanks to her on-again, off-again obsession with space, The … Continue reading

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And The Four-Year-Old’s *new* favorite color is….

The Four-Year-Old, decisively: “Gold.” Mother, a bit chagrined at how expensive her daughter’s tastes are already getting: “Why?” The Four-Year-Old: “Because it’s rare and it was cooked in a star that died long ago.” Mother surreptitiously Asks the iPhone and … Continue reading

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Caterpickles Cleans House, Again

Despite my best effort, The Four-Year-Old’s unanswered question index keeps getting longer. I’m at 137 and counting (I haven’t entered today’s questions yet. I’m afraid to, frankly.) Anyway, what with the holidays coming up, I thought I’d clean house again … Continue reading

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“How many cameras are on the Curiosity?”

In the midst of adding one of two planned cameras to her LEGO-scale model of the Mars Rover Curiosity, The Four-Year-Old paused to ask, “How many cameras are on the Curiosity?” After hunting around on the web for a while, … Continue reading

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And now there’s video

Day 2 and we’re still excited about the launch of the Mars Rover Curiosity here at Caterpickles Central. Especially since we found these cool videos of the launch on Engadget this morning. Take a peek. Now, if you’ll excuse me, … Continue reading

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Caterpickles Breaking News Alert: We have lift-off!

Caterpickles Central is abuzz with news that NASA has just launched the largest Mars Rover yet. The Curiosity, a one-ton, six-wheeled, one-armed robotic explorer, set off for Mars from Cape Canaveral this morning (with a targeted assist from an unmanned … Continue reading

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