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Astronomy in Popular Culture

Radio Programs

Island Astronomy Dark skies off the coast of Africa August 16, 2019

Hermann Oberth From dreaming of rockets to building them June 25, 2019

Shadow Rings Special shadows at special times March 27, 2019

Evening Mercury A planet with an artistic flair February 27, 2019

Bad Homes Two stars that are bad homes for life February 1, 2019

Geosynchronous Orbit Hovering above the equator January 15, 2019

Moon and Regulus Shaving parsecs off the Kessel run November 1, 2018

Moon and Regulus A popular star for big stories October 5, 2018

Arthur C. Clarke A man ahead of his time December 16, 2017

Lunar Migration Moving with the phases of the Moon November 13, 2017

Stellar Sailors Sailing by the stars October 31, 2017

Looking for Canals II Sensational reports from Mars August 4, 2017

Black Hole Reality The reality about black holes July 26, 2017

Moon and Saturn Snake-like creatures on the Moon July 6, 2017

Antimatter Getting antimatter from a banana May 15, 2017

Bellatrix A truly “bewitching” star November 26, 2016

H.G. Wells Creating an alien invasion September 21, 2016

Playoff Storm Silencing a four-run inning September 18, 2016

Exoplanets VI Extinct life and non-civilizations September 17, 2016

Pluto Stamps A stamp of approval for a space mission May 27, 2016

Calling Cards Calling cards from planet Earth May 26, 2016

Mercury Transit Dotting the face of the Sun May 6, 2016

New Names New names for a family of planets February 19, 2016

Back in Time You just can’t go back February 17, 2016

Tau Ceti De-populating a popular star system October 13, 2015

51 Pegasi A puffy planet gets some attention October 11, 2015

Lammas Splitting the difference on the calendar July 31, 2015

Twin Monsters Giving life to a classic story April 4, 2015

Moon and Jupiter “Warping” the heart of a planet February 1, 2015

Featured Images

1910 promotional illustration for comet pills

A Bill of Goods April 19, 2019

Reservation for a flight to the Moon

Ready to Ride December 25, 2018

H.G. Wells created the alien invasion genre

Invader! September 21, 2016

Long-Distance Mail May 27, 2016

Depiction of National Ignition Facility probing the interior of a giant planet

Into Darkness February 2, 2015

Cassini close-up of Saturn's clouds

Impressions of a Planet December 18, 2014

Postcard of the historic Elgin Watch Company Observatory in Illinois

Star Time October 25, 2014

Views from the 1964 World's Fair

Space Fair April 22, 2014

Superman's back story may have been inspired by an exploding star

Exploding Stars December 14, 2013

The life and times of William Herschel

Stellar Musician November 14, 2013

MESSENGER view of crater Degas on Mercury

Painting a Planet June 17, 2013

The starry ceiling of Grand Central Terminal

Grand Sky February 2, 2013

Solar eclipse of August 19, 1887, from near Berlin

Fire in the Sky August 18, 2012

Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle

Flying Eagle July 12, 2012

Artist's concept of the Kepler-35 system, with a giant planet orbiting two stars

Seeing Double April 4, 2012

Voyager mission enhanced-color image of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Planetary Impressionism February 26, 2012

A painting by Andrew Wyeth depicts preparations for a Gemini launch in the 1960s

Ready for Liftoff May 30, 2011