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The Great American Eclipse is Almost Here!

By now, you have probably heard something about the “Great American Eclipse“ which is going to take place on Monday, August 21st.  You may have seen some things on social media or even network or cable news, but the hype is just starting to ramp up. So what is it? ...

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How to Safely View the Great American Eclipse from NJ

You’ve probably heard the news that the first solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 99 years will occur in a few weeks. In fact, in some groups, eclipse mania has taken over with people frantically buying tickets to go to remote places to witness the 2-3 minutes ...

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How Super will this SuperMoon be?

Pretty super, if you’re in to statistics. Not so super if you’re expecting a dramatic celestial event. Here’s why. The Moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse. So twice a month, every month, it is relatively close to the Earth – between 356,400 and 370,400 kilometers away. We call that Perigee. ...

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Venus and Jupiter Conjunction

If the skies cooperate we will be in for a rare display this Friday and Saturday evenings.  Jupiter and Venus will be making their closest (apparent) approach to each other, it will be the closest approach until 2065! The two planets will appear about 0.1 degrees apart.  For scale the full ...

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