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Observatories Look at More than Stars

testingObservatories Look at More than Stars

Planets? Yes, but not what we’re talking about here. Galaxies? Of course. Nope, today we’re looking at the sun. Which is in fact a star, so maybe I should rethink the headline. McDonald Observatory in West Texas offers a twice-daily hour-long class on the sun. And it’s fascinating! The Stats The sun is a small […]

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Why Do We Say “Beach Umbrella” and not “Beach Parasol”?

I ask because as it turns out, parasols were frilly and meant to protect from the sun, while umbrellas were given the duty of rain defense. But somehow we’ve mixed the terms up when it comes to the beach – or maybe it’s just that no one uses “parasol” anymore. If you’re curious, the concept […]

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