Thoughts on Leo’s Stars

This November morning, like the previous three, was atypically warm for eastern Canada. I stepped out early to look at the sky, and I noticed two stars very close to the moon. Often, moonlight bleaches out stars in proximity of its boundaries, unless there is a lunar eclipse, which wasn't the case. So they must... Continue Reading →

A “What Am I?” Puzzle

If it wasn't for my atypical stellar atmosphere, I would be of no value to astronomers. I have a layer of ionized hydrogen and fully ionized helium, neither of which can lose energy to outer space. So these ions keep absorbing energy from my interior until I expand. This eventually lowers my density and allows... Continue Reading →

Wezen, a Deceivingly Dim Star

The Stars in the Brazilian flag are not randomly drawn. For instance, in the lower left area of the circle are six stars from the Canis Major constellation. This morning while the rest of the family either snored or dreamed, I walked the dog at an early hour under relatively dark skies. Thanks to our... Continue Reading →

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