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By Scott Dance | June 21, 2012
Earlier this year, Venus and Jupiter adorned the western sky alongside the waxing crescent moon. Now, Mercury and Mars can be spotted alongside it. The closest planet to the sun will appear as a bright star in the sky this month. Mercury will rise above the horizon to the right of the moon around dusk Thursday and Friday nights. Further to the right will be the bright stars Pollux and Castor, according to EarthSky.org. Then, the moon will pass by Mars, too, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
Unlike solar eclipses, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. But clouds or other atmospheric conditions can get in the way of a dramatic view. Look to the western horizon starting at 6:25 a.m. for a chance to see the "blood moon" phenomenon that can occur during full lunar eclipses. Like with brilliant sunrises and sunsets, the reddish hue that the moon can take on depends on dust and other atmospheric conditions. Partial eclipse begins at 5:15 a.m., causing a dimming of one side of the moon.
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By Scott Dance | July 11, 2012
Pluto may not be a full-fledged planet, but it has five moons, astronomers have discovered. The fifth one is 6 to 15 miles wide and circles the dwarf planet in a 58,000-mile orbit, according to a research team that includes one scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel. The moon is, for now, being called S/2012 (134340) 1. It was detected in nine separate sets of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 since June 26. The fact that a dwarf planet like Pluto can have so many moons is intriguing to scientists, according to NASA officials.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
A full lunar eclipse will occur during the Full Hunter's Moon, creating a spectacle that may make the moon appear in a rusty hue early Wednesday morning. The moon will be full at 6:51 a.m. Wednesday, so it will be shining big and bright Tuesday night, though it won't be technically full yet. Just about half an hour before that, the peak of a lunar eclipse will begin. "Totality" of lunar eclipse starts at 6:25 a.m., falling just before sunrise on the East Coast. The moon will be passing within the Earth's shadow.
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By Matt Vensel | December 7, 2011
Before every Ravens game, the team's fine media relations staff sends reporters a useful packet of stats, info and other tidbits to help us find enough Sunday subplots to make sure you're drowning in Ravens coverage. Each week, they include a quick player Q&A. This time it was defensive end Cory Redding, whose hobbies apparently include rollerblading and crashing kids' parties that have those inflatable moon bounce things. What does Redding -- who is 6-foot-4 and nearly 300 pounds -- like to do in his spare time?
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2011
The buzz on the Internet has been all about a scary "super moon" this weekend. Seer Kit Karson, at PsychicCosmos.com writes, "Get ready for what could be moderate to severe weather patterns, increased seismic activity, tsunamis and more volcanic eruptions than normal. " But cooler scientific types say there's no evidence the unusually close full moon that rises Saturday evening will do anything of the sort. It may appear a bit bigger and brighter, they say, but not by much.
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By Bob Sansevere and Charley Walters and Bob Sansevere and Charley Walters,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 20, 1995
The wife of Warren Moon has accused the Minnesota Vikings quarterback of striking her on the head with an open hand and choking her to the point that she almost lost consciousness before she escaped from the couple's home.Felicia Moon stated in an affidavit to police that Moon assaulted her Tuesday afternoon at their home in the Houston suburb of Missouri City."You could tell she had been assaulted. . . . She received some injuries," said Lt. Pat Worrell of the Missouri City police department's criminal investigation unit.
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September 16, 2004
On September 12, 2004; RODNEY MOON, beloved husband of Valerie M. Moon. On Thursday, friends may call at THE NEW VAUGHN C. GREENE FUNERAL SERVICES (RANDALLSTOWN), 8728 Liberty Road from 3 to 8 P.M. On Friday, the family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11 A.M. at the Christian Memorial Church, 2001 W. North Avenue with services to follow. Inquiries to 410-655-0015.
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May 14, 2005
On May 12, 2005, ANN (nee Burton) MOON of Ellicott City, loving mother of Craig W. Moon and his wife Debbie, Gary C. Moon and his wife Dorrie and Karen Ann Moon Koenig and her husband Jeff. Dear sister of William Burton and Edward Burton, cherished grandmother of Amelia, Philip, Nicholas and Ashley Moon and Jacob, Luke and Joseph Koenig. Former spouse and good friend of George Moon. Friends may call at the family owned Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 3871 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City on Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, 10 A.M. at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City.
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June 11, 2004
On June 9, 2004, BEATRICE A., (nee Allen) HARDY MOON of Columbia, beloved wife of the late Ellis Moon and Christopher Hardy, devoted mother of Dr. Christine H. Carrington, loving grandmother of Michael S. Carrington, Dr. David C. Carrington and Lisa Carrington Bundy, dear great-grandmother of Mark A. Bundy, Michael J. Carrington, Nina A. Bundy and Nicole G. Carrington. Family will receive friends Sunday, 5 to 8 P. M at E. W Lawson & Son Funeral Home, 109 S. 9th Street, Palatka, FL. A funeral service will be held Monday 11 A. M at Bethel AME Church, Palatka, FL. Interment Evergreen Cemetery.
FEATURES
By Donna Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
More than 150 years ago, famed philosopher Henry David Thoreau published his iconic book “Walden,” which chronicled his two years living as one with nature in a cabin set on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Today, some travelers who seek a Walden-esque experience still want 21st-century amenities and perks. At Blue Moon Rising, a new eco-friendly vacation village nestled in the mountains of Western Maryland, they'll find the best of both worlds. Following a soft opening in fall 2013, the retreat officially opened to guests June 27. Tucked away on 15 wooded acres replete with towering oak, hickory and hemlock trees, various flora, fauna and a quiet stream, the property boasts 14 environmentally conscious, compact and energy-efficient cabins (ranging from 300 to 450 square feet)
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From Sun staff reports | September 14, 2014
Rose Brier became a stakes winner for the first time when he captured the $60,000 Bert Allen Stakes, the sixth in a series of Virginia-bred races contested at Laurel Park on Saturday because of the shuttering of Colonial Downs this summer. Rose Brier, a Mizzen Mast offspring trained by Jane Cibelli and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, paid $5.20 as the favorite in the 11/16-mile test over firm turf. The 5-year-old beat second choice Hard Enough by 31/4 lengths, with Dannhauser finishing a nose back in third.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
September's full moon arrives at 9:38 p.m. Monday , known as both the Corn and Harvest moon. American Indians named it the Corn moon for coinciding with the crop's harvest, whereas the Harvest moon can fall in September or October, depending on which full moon is closest to the autumnal equinox, Sept. 23 this year. It is the third of three consecutive "supermoons," as it coincides with lunar perigee, when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. Such a coincidence can make the moon look larger and brighter than when full moons are closer to apogee, their furthest point from Earth, though it can be hard to tell with the naked eye. The celestial wonders don't stop there -- next month's full moon is not far from being considered a supermoon, and it coincides with a lunar eclipse that can give the moon a reddish hue, dubbed a "Blood Moon.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:  SUBLUNARY Unless you're reading sixteen- and seventeenth-century literature, you're not likely to find sublunary  cropping up often, more's the pity. (More's the pity, too, that you're not reading more sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature.)  The word mean existing beneath the moon (from the Latin sub , "under," luna , "moon")
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
June's full moon, known as the Strawberry Moon, coincides with the ominous timing of Friday the 13th this year. The moon will be full at precisely 12:11 a.m. Friday, so essentially on Thursday night, not Friday night. But it will still shine brightly on Friday, perhaps behind some storm clouds. The "strawberry" name comes from the fact that it's strawberry season, and Algonquin tribes knew this was the time of year to gather them, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. It is also known as the Rose Moon and the Hot Moon, according to the almanac.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
The Full Flower Moon, the second after the vernal equinox, occurs Wednesday. The moment the moon is technically full, by astronomical standards, is 3:16 p.m. So by the time it rises at 8:15 p.m. in Baltimore, it will already be past full, though to the naked eye, it will still look full, of course. The full moon can help you spot Saturn this month, as the two move in tandem across the southern sky throughout the night. The ringed planet will appear just to the west of the moon.
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By Joy Jones | November 14, 2001
* Editor's note: On a starless night, music shines the way to safety. Granddaddy and I are walking at night. The city streets are dark. The shadows of the parked cars are as huge as giants, as gray as rats and twice as creepy. The houses all have mean expressions on their faces. I keep hoping we'll get home soon, but Granddaddy stops to look at the moon. "Y'know, when I look at the moon, Noni, it makes me think of down home," says Granddaddy. "That's an Alabama moon -- round and deep and low in the trees.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
To visit the new national park proposed by a Maryland congresswoman would require a 239,000-mile journey and an oxygen tank. On the plus side: There would be plenty of parking. Rep. Donna Edwards, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Space Subcommittee, has introduced legislation that would establish a national park on the surface of the moon to commemorate NASA's Apollo program. The Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act directs the federal government to endow the artifacts left on the moon's surface as a park - protected from future landings or commercial mining.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Mike Melzer grew up reading popular science books and enjoyed mathematical subjects, but he had only a slight interest in astronomy. But when the Anne Arundel Community College student heard about NASA's National Community College Aerospace Scholars competition, he applied because he figured it dealt with all four of the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math. As it turns out, the program dealt not only with astronomy but was largely geared toward engineering, which the Glen Burnie resident figured was beyond his expertise.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
A full lunar eclipse will occur early Tuesday morning, darkening the full moon and possibly tinting it a reddish hue that causes some to call it a "Blood Moon". For nearly an hour and a half, the moon will be dimmed and possibly appearing a copper color because of sunlight bent by the atmosphere. The total eclipse begins around 3 a.m. and ends around 4:30 a.m., with the moon at its dimmest at 3:46 a.m. The eclipse will be visible across the Americas as well as throughout the Pacific.
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