astronomy

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11:18 am
Mon July 22, 2013

To The Stars From KC

It's not easy, but you can see stars and planets in Kansas City's sky.
Credit Scott Wylie/Flickr-CC

There are plenty of spots to stargaze in Kansas City, and you never know what celestial bodies you might find-- even the Andromeda galaxy.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Mon July 22, 2013

City Lights Vs. The Night Sky

Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night.

Ever look up in the sky and wondered why you can’t always see the stars?

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Central Standard
9:36 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Stargazing in KC

Looking up at the sky is something we do everyday; maybe to check the weather, see if the sun is poking out and you need a jacket, and for some, to discover more about the universe we live in.


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Environment
9:44 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Kansas Man Finds Potentially Hazardous Asteroid

Gary Hug stands by his homemade telescope in Scranton, Kansas.
Bryan Thompson Kansas Public Radio

An eastern Kansas man who built his own telescope and operates it from a shed in his back yard has discovered a previously unknown and potentially hazardous asteroid.

Gary Hug lives near Scranton. He was trying to help plot the orbit of a known Near Earth Object when he noticed something Sunday night that appeared to be moving too slow to be a satellite, but too fast to be a main belt asteroid.

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Central Standard
5:42 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Celestial Happenings: Your Venus Transit Questions Answered

People crowd around the scope at Warko to catch the Venus Transit.
Charlie Upchurch KCUR

If you missed the Venus transit Tuesday afternoon, we have bad news: you’re not going to have another chance to see it. 

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Weather
9:56 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Transit Of Venus: A Once In A Lifetime Event

Venus Transit image, the striations of lines were caused by cloud cover.
Sylvie Beland NASA

A rare astronomical event will be visible over the skies of Kansas City at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday, June 5—the transit of Venus.  That’s when Venus, from our viewpoint, will pass across the sun.

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Space
4:09 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Spacecraft's Wild Ride To Mercury Yields Surprises

The Messenger spacecraft is depicted over the Calvino Crater on Mercury in this enhanced-color image of the planet's surface.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:40 pm

There's a small spacecraft called Messenger that's been orbiting the planet Mercury for a year. Today, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, astronomers revealed what they've learned about the innermost planet in our solar system, and some of the new knowledge is puzzling.

Maria Zuber, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studied a large crater 900 miles across called Caloris.

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