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The sign

14 Jul 2013, 00:00 UTC
The sign
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¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending July 20, 2013
“I’m sorry we haven’t seen any meteors tonight, Tim.” The lady put her arm around the boy as they both looked at the sky. “You just never know sometimes. I’ve seen some when I didn’t expect to and I never saw any at all when there was supposed to be a shower.”
“Aw, that’s okay Grandma,” Tim answered. “I’ve had fun listening to you talk about the stars. Which one is the one you said it lit up the World’s Fair?”
“It’s that one right there,” she said, raising her arm to point to an orange dot. “It’s called Arcturus. In 1933, when there was a World’s Fair in Chicago, people thought it was 40 light years away. The last World’s Fair in Chicago was 40 years before, so they thought it would be good to hook up light sensors to telescopes at several observatories and point them at the same point in the sky where Arcturus would pass. Light they thought was as old as the last World’s Fair triggered the sensors to send currents to Chicago and ...

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