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ASTROBLOG: Winter (Solstice) is Coming

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: Winter (Solstice) is Coming

The holiday season is now in full swing, and we’re well on our way to the winter solstice on December 21 – the shortest day, and longest night – of the year.

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ASTROBLOG: A Trip to the Netherlands!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Astronomy, Education | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: A Trip to the Netherlands!

Recently, SC State Museum Boeing Observatory Manager, Matthew Whitehouse, traveled to the Netherlands for a special conference on astronomy education. Learn more about his trip!

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ASTROBLOG: Watch the Upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: Watch the Upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse!

Learn more about the upcoming Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, plus how to watch it from Columbia, SC!

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ASTROBLOG: We Sent SC Teachers to Summer School in the Boeing Observatory

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: We Sent SC Teachers to Summer School in the Boeing Observatory

The State Museum welcomed 100 teachers from 33 counties in South Carolina to the Boeing Observatory this summer and taught them how to ‘drive’ the historic Alvan Clark refracting telescope from their classrooms!
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ASTROBLOG: Want to see the Perseid meteor shower? Here’s how!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: Want to see the Perseid meteor shower? Here’s how!

It’s time for the annual Perseid meteor shower! SC State Museum staff have put together a few tips on the best way to see them if you live in South Carolina.

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ASTROBLOG: If Pluto’s not a planet, what exactly is it anyway? Find out!

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: If Pluto’s not a planet, what exactly is it anyway? Find out!

As the New Horizons spacecraft races toward Pluto, we at the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Planetarium have been talking more about it during our live sky presentations. Some questions that commonly come up afterward are: Why was Pluto demoted? If Pluto’s not a planet, what exactly is it anyway?

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