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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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ASTROBLOG: What does the planet Pluto look like through a space telescope? See for yourself!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: What does the planet Pluto look like through a space telescope? See for yourself!

With the New Horizons spacecraft set to fly by Pluto on July 14, it’s the perfect time to learn more about how Pluto was discovered and explore how this small far-away planet appears through a telescope.

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ASTROBLOG: Jupiter and Venus are getting extra close, here’s when and where to spot them in the night sky!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Astronomy | Comments Off on ASTROBLOG: Jupiter and Venus are getting extra close, here’s when and where to spot them in the night sky!

On Tuesday, June 30, there will be a dramatic planetary pairing! That night, Jupiter and Venus will be EXTREMELY close together in the sky – less than a degree apart. It will be a spectacular sight, and the 30th will be a great night to visit the Boeing Observatory (weather permitting, of course).

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