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Starting Monday, May 6, B&H will begin our week-long coverage of everyday carry (EDC) gear. More than just the contents of your pack or purse, EDC items are the essential tools that get you through your day. Whether it’s the noise-canceling headphones that help you survive your subway commute or the do-everything smartphone that assists you in more ways you can count, if it’s something you...
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Waning Crescent. Waxing Gibbous. Blue Moon. Supermoon. Whether you watch the local weather and the meteorologist rattles off what phase the moon is in on that specific day, or some special type of full moon happens to catch on during a slow news cycle, there are a lot of terms to describe the moon. And that makes sense, considering how long mankind has been looking at it (forever) and how much we...
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With the upcoming total lunar eclipse poised to be the “Big Thing” for 2019 (visible throughout North America), we here at B&H’s Space Headquarters were planning on putting together a tour of the moon as a primer for those readers who may not know that much about our closest neighbor in the solar system… but then we realized that NASA is pretty awesome at stuff like that and had already put...
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Hey, Earthlings! There will be a total lunar eclipse coming our way, beginning on Sunday, January 20 2019, and lasting into the 21st! Here are some facts you need to know. Who is involved? You! Your friends and family! The Sun, Moon, and Earth! What is it? An awesome, total lunar eclipse....
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I am certain that I am not the only Earthling who is in love with the moon, but it was my grandmother who called it "Todd's Moon" after one of the first words I ever spoke was, simply, "moon." Ever since those early days, I have spent a lot of time looking at the moon, thinking about the moon, reading about the moon, and...
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Remnants left over from the earliest formation of our solar system, comets are thought to originate from the theoretical Oort Cloud. Located far out beyond even the farthest planet, it is thought to contain as many as 2 trillion objects, each of which has the potential to become a long-period comet. These objects are often referred to as “dirty snowballs” because they are mostly made of rock and...
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When I started hearing the buzz in the astronomy community about how Comet 46P/Wirtanen was coming in hot through our Solar System, my ears proverbially perked up. A quick Google search revealed that this is a truly historic apparition and one that justly deserves the buzz. (The term “apparition,” in astronomy, refers to the appearance or time when a comet, especially a periodic one, is visible...
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The astronomical phenomena of a planet moving into opposition isn’t unique—but what is unique is when three planets are in opposition in quick succession. This spring, the three bright outer planets—Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars—will be at opposition during a span of just 79 days. Images courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute/Cornell Jupiter’s opposition occurred first, on May 8, in the...
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Pssst... Hey, you! Have you heard that the sun is going to disappear from the sky momentarily, and be replaced by a giant shadow? And that this does not signify the end of the world? Relax, doomsday preppers—it’s just a solar eclipse, and they happen all the time. Well, not all the time, but a lot of the time. Well, maybe not as often as that. To be factual, they happen about twice a year. But...
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When it comes to Earth’s relationship to the sun, a great deal of mystery and misconception abound in our little spot in the solar system. In advance of the upcoming North American Eclipse, happening on August 21, 2017, I’m here to demystify and debunk the fiction and present the facts to get you on solid footing and, hopefully, spark some interest in getting out there and looking up at the sky...
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The scientific community in general, and astronomy in particular, is all abuzz these days as the hype builds for the upcoming North American Eclipse, happening on August 21. Between my position here at B&H and my personal interest in astronomy, I’ve been talking about this event for almost a year to my friends and colleagues, and I’ve found that people have a lot of questions about solar...
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Even for the most seasoned and experienced astronomer, the question of the Sun and how to properly view it is as confusing as it is baffling. B&H is increasing its solar viewing offerings, so we’re here to give you a primer on what there is to see when looking at the Sun, and some of the tools you’ll need to view it safely and properly. First, let me start by stating that you should NEVER...
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Nature calls to certain people. For some, the sea and rivers call the loudest, beckoning them to aquatic exploration and experiences, and they answer fervently. In rare cases, this passion leads to amazing things. Julieta “Jules” Gismondi and LouAnne Harris, river guides and paddling instructors at Manhattan Kayak + SUP [Stand Up Paddling], in New York, NY, are two such people. Together, the...
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Danger is all around us. We don’t generally like to think about it, but the world is full of life-threatening forces—and one day, we may come face to face with them in the wild, far from the comforts of home. How we fare will depend largely on our level of preparedness. Throughout centuries of experience and technological advancements, humanity has developed...
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As everyone knows, there’s plenty to do in New York City: dining, shopping, sightseeing, concerts, museums, sporting events—and camping. That’s right—real camping in a tent, with a campfire, in a wooded area off a former airport runway in Brooklyn. The public campground at Floyd Bennett Field, part of Gateway National Recreation Area, is just one of the unexpected delights to be found in New York...
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