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Visit Greenwich’s Bowman Observatory to View August 21 Total Eclipse of the Sun

Anne Burns, who will host the pubic viewing of the eclipse at the Bowman Observatory in front of Julian Curtiss School on Aug 21 said that #12 or 14 welders’ goggles are safe to look at the Sun through. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. Continue Reading →

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The Night Sky: Mars

By Rick Bria, Greenwich Astronomy Buff and Bowman Observatory Keyholder

Mars 2014-04-25UT

Several factors recently converged to allow for a decent picture of Mars to be taken at the Mary Aloysia Hardey Observatory.  Better sky conditions, software, hardware and refined imaging procedures all helped attain this image. Most importantly, Mars finally presented an interesting and feature-rich side Earthward during this session. Most features on Mars’s have Latin names but there are exceptions. Some highlights from this Mars picture are:

Near the South Pole is a huge impact basin named Hellas. Hellas is Greek for ‘Greece’ and was formed by an asteroid impact 4 billion years ago. Continue Reading →

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