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Wordless Wednesday: Man Enters the Cosmos at the Adler Planetarium

Henry Moore’s sundial sculpture outside the Adler Planetarium, titled Man Enters the Cosmos, celebrates our nation’s space program. At the time the sculpture was created in 1980, NASA had already sent men to the moon and probes to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Continue reading

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Night Sky Watch: The moon helps Mommyo spot Jupiter, again

Just after sunset tonight, glance up at the full moon. That bright star immediately next to it is Jupiter. Enjoy the view. Related Links:  Top 7 Must-See Sky Events in 2017 (National Geographic)

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Night Sky Watch: Comet passing by Earth again at Stupid O’Clock* tomorrow morning, also penumbral lunar eclipse tonight

Comet 45P/HMP passes by Earth at dawn tomorrow If you find yourself up at dawn tomorrow, go ahead and look up into the dawn sky. Who knows? You might just catch a glimpse of Comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova swinging past Earth on its way back … Continue reading

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“How do astronauts brush their teeth in space?”

I should be able to remember how this question came up. After all, The Eight-Year-Old just asked it last week. But I don’t. I’ve been watching videos of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield brushing his teeth on the International Space Station all morning … Continue reading

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Is it the weekend yet?

As you may have noticed, I’m reserving most of my words this week for my novel-in-progress. But I wanted to share with you this amazing photo of the Valentine Rose Nebula to ease us all into the weekend. The Five-Year-Old: … 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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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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The planet of Stuck-In-The-Muck

Time is a bit short around Caterpickles Central this week, what with two major deadlines coming up on Friday, so I’m going to let The Four-Year-Old commandeer the blog for another story. Regularly scheduled book reviews will return next week. … Continue reading

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“Do all astronauts fly in space with just their helmets on?”

After watching an episode of WordWorld in which Frog and three Piglets play hockey on the moon wearing nothing but a helmet, my daughter wanted to know if this behavior was typical. “Do all astronauts fly in space with just … Continue reading

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