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Summer 2010Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 39 No. 3
Summer 2010

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The Day We Found the Universe, Marcia Bartusiak
The discovery of the modern universe is a story filled with trials, errors, serendipitous breaks, battles of wills, missed opportunities, herculean measurements, and brilliant insights. In other words, it is science writ large.

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Learning How to Build a Solar System, Joel D. Green
New stars are shrouded in dust and gas, but thanks to data acquired by the Spitzer Space Telescope, we're finally uncovering their secrets.

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NASA's New Airborne Observatory Sees "First Light," Nicholas A. Veronico
A unique telescope takes to the sky to help reveal the infrared cosmos and provide a tremendous platform for expanding the horizons of students from all age groups.

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Astronomy in the News
Spectacular first-light images of the Sun, a planetary system out of tilt, and a vast reservoir of intergalactic gas 400 million light-years away — these are some of the discoveries that recently made news in the astronomical community.

 

Departments

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Editorial, Paul Deans
The Moai, the Eclipse, and the Milky Way

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First Word, James G. Manning
Wishing You a Starry Night

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Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
80 Years Ago: The Asteroid Eros

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Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Tales From the Crypt

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Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Understanding Ozone

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Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Lightning on Venus?

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Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Trigger for Biggest, Baddest Black Holes

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Education Matters, David Bruning
What is Your Theory?

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Reaching Out, Bethany Cobb
Teaching Science to Adult Learners

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Society Scope/ASP Supporters
Bok Award Winners

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Sky Sights, Paul Deans
Two Oddball Stars

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Reflections, Tony Phillips
Journey to the Stars Free DVD