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Chicago Astronomers - Working to save the Hubble telescope...

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21 81 C.A. at Palmisano Park for Solar Viewing - 01 November 2015.
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2013: The Year of the Comet - Chicago Astronomer Comet Catchers


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396 1,721 Private Chicago Astronomer Observation Session 28 June 2015
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206 943 Venus as Brilliant 2015-16 Morning Star
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10 78 The 2014 Cherry Springs Star Party
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115 680 Moon Occults Venus - North America - Daytime - Dec 7
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184 928 Brightest Asteroid Vesta Opposes Sun Sep 28
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196 988 November New Moon Spotting
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233 1,212 Red White and Blue Flashing Star
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42 114 Strange Asterism imaged on Halloween Night by myself
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47 229 Anti-Intellectualism and the "Dumbing Down" of America
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39 111 A Man on the Moon 3 Vol. Set...
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Aug 26, 2013 12:03:00 GMT -6
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46 378 Inexpensive Afocal Camera Adapter
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374 1,143 The Helix and Orion narrowband with Bill and Chuck at Conway
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4 11 Snow Flakes - 17 January 2014....
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16 56 Dr.Michio Kaku and The Chicago Astronomer - 27 Feb 2014
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284 773 ESA may soon send its next mission to Mercury
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105 413 Pluto Flyby Mission - 2015 JUL 14
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57 265 First rocket with liquid hydrogen fuelled.
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101 279 Saturn V Launch Explained in Slow Motion
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72 193 The Fate of the Crew..(Warning-Sensitive Material)
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Nov 24, 2015 22:18:07 GMT -6
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sbkburns: It was around 3:30 am PST from San Diego toward the Pacific that I saw this flickering star. Sirius? Seen it do this from dark mountain skies, but never with a regular red beat. Jan 10, 2015 0:13:29 GMT -6
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Buenos dias Sr. Joe!: Buenos dias Sr. Joe!! Yo siempre he admirado el cielo infinito, especialmente, porque mis ancestros se guiaban con los seres celestiales. I am planning to be with you tonight and learn a lot from you. Hasta luego y que tengas un excelente dia. Jul 21, 2015 23:22:39 GMT -6
phoeniss: that's the moon? i thought it was mercury. if it was mercury, he forgot to keep facing sun. though that might have required awkward side-stepping on his part. Jul 25, 2015 9:21:51 GMT -6
astromohsin: Hi where are the best places to view stars near the zip code 60659? Thanks Jul 30, 2015 8:04:05 GMT -6
60659: Look up! Aug 1, 2015 1:53:55 GMT -6
Calcasmy: Hello, Will much appreciate if you could please suggest places in and around Schaumbug, IL - 60173 to view stars and photograph them. Aug 8, 2015 14:38:24 GMT -6
John: Hello Calcasmy. Acher park is very wide open with low treelines around it. I don't know how dark it gets, but at least the view of the sky is "big." You could also try some of the nature preserves or Busse woods (further east). I hope this helps. Sept 28, 2015 2:25:24 GMT -6
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