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Jupiter's second moon, Europa, remains the likeliest place for extraterrestrial life. Its warm salty oceans get replenished with amino acids from incoming comets. To see more of NASA's space tourism posters, log on to: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/visions-of-the-future/

Close look at a giant in the sky

This week, Jupiter stands at “opposition” (to the Sun), when it’s closest to us, and brightest and biggest of the entire year. You’ve already probably noticed it. It’s that single ultrabright “star” in…

The subadult Bullock’s oriole sighted numerous times since February 18 at a backyard feeder in Milton. (Peter Schoenberger | John Burroughs Natural History Society)

Rare bird sighting in Milton

All who wander may not be lost, but sometimes, they are seriously off-course. Take the subadult Bullock’s oriole, for example, sighted numerous times since February 18 at a backyard feeder in Milton. He’s…

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Gravity waves, daylight and a brilliant planet

So now we’re sure that gravity waves exist. Is this exciting? I think most physicists are sort of excited. We’ve long believed that they’re real. Even way back in college, we all trusted…

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Learn more about the Hudson Valley’s cryptic ancient structures

One of the eerier pleasures of outdoor living in the Hudson Valley is the sudden discovery while hiking of the stone remains of some human-made structure. They may be relatively recent, post-Colonial: a…

(Photo by Derek Hatfield)

Large carnivores are making a comeback

Lions, tigers, wolves, wild dogs and other charismatic carnivores are often depicted as being on the brink of extinction. Dr. Joshua Ginsberg of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies paints a more complicated…

(Photo by Brendan Lally)

Sightings virtually guaranteed at Hudson River EagleFest

Remember when spotting a bald eagle in the wild, if you didn’t live someplace like Alaska, seemed nearly as unlikely as meeting a unicorn? It wasn’t so very long ago. I made my…

Almanac Weekly’s Night Sky columnist Bob Berman in his observatory in Willow (photo by Philip Kamrass | Albany Times Union)

That striking planet alignment is this week

This past week, the major media carried headlines about a lineup of planets. They urged everyone to watch the sky just before dawn. Except they all got it wrong. It seems no one…

(Photo by Umberto Salvagnin)

Exploring Nature’s rarest phase

With streams freezing up, we’re temporarily losing something very special – something incredibly rare in the universe: an environment with liquids! The wonderful-but-often-colorized images from Hubble, and the striking stuff viewed through a…

Composite of enhanced color images of Pluto and Charon taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft as it passed through the Pluto system.

Tour Pluto with NASA director in Poughkeepsie

Here’s a good excuse to leave your cabin fever behind for a midweek evening: Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie is once again hosting the Vassar Brothers Institute’s annual Science in…

Clearwater at Kingston Point (Dion Ogust | Almanac Weekly)

Pete Seeger tribute concert to benefit restoration of the Clearwater

The Rosendale Recreation Center (another hopping venue in the little town that could) plays tribute to Pete Seeger with an afternoon of music to benefit the restoration of the Hudson River’s iconic sloop…

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