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Dean Regas

Pluto: Not A Planet For 10 Years

Dean Regas | Posted 08.23.2016 | Science
Dean Regas

When I was a kid, Pluto was a planet. Of course, when I was a kid our map of the solar system was very immature. Astronomers knew of nine round planets that went around the Sun, and Pluto was one of them. But Pluto was always the oddball.

Get Ready for the Transit of Mercury

Dean Regas | Posted 04.14.2017 | Science
Dean Regas

Mark your calendars! On May 9, 2016 there will be a Transit of Mercury - that's when the tiny planet Mercury will come directly between us and the Sun. This rare and subtle event is visible only 13 or 14 times each century, and I want you to see it all.

Astronomical Highlights of 2016

Dean Regas | Posted 12.30.2016 | Science
Dean Regas

Mars is back in the nighttime sky, Mercury crosses in front of the Sun, and a new mission arrives at Jupiter. These and more are the can't-miss astronomical events for 2016.

The Supermoon, Harvest Moon, Tetrad-Completing Total Lunar Eclipse

Dean Regas | Posted 09.24.2016 | Science
Dean Regas

Coincidences, coincidences, coincidences. It's all coming together on Sunday for THE astronomical event of the year.

Astronomical Highlights of 2015

Dean Regas | Posted 02.28.2015 | Science
Dean Regas

The planets Venus and Jupiter return to the evening skies this January. Jupiter will be rising in the east as Venus sets in the west. Both planets will be so incredibly bright that you might mistake them for something else...

Eclipses in the October Skies

Dean Regas | Posted 12.02.2014 | Science
Dean Regas

When the Moon is totally in the Earth's shadow, called totality, the Moon will turn an eerie shade of red as sunlight bends through the Earth's atmosphere to reach it. After totality, the Earth's shadow will slowly wipe off the Moon and return it to its normal, full self.

Venus -- The Evening UFO

Dean Regas | Posted 02.02.2014 | Science
Dean Regas

You may catch it as you're commuting home or walking into the house. At first it looks like a plane but it doesn't move like a plane. It just glistens and when you stare at it long enough you will wonder, "Wow, what is that thing?

Swan Song for the Stars of Summer

Dean Regas | Posted 10.08.2013 | Science
Dean Regas

August is the month to take all of this in. Whether you're a kid or an adult, this is the time to lie back in the grass, get out of town to experience a meteor shower, view the stars of summer, and share the universe with those you love.

Supermoon Lover

Dean Regas | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science
Dean Regas

Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong. It pains me to write it but the world-famous astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City and superstar of our field is a Supermoon hater.