Oddities 2017

Every month I try to present something related, no matter how tenuously, to astronomy that is somewhat strange or odd. Sometimes these turn out to be quite bizzare or quite humorous. Whether its sad, serious or funny, it is true and will be informative and hopefully entertaining.

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Twice a year we move our clocks by one hour.  We fall back in the fall and we spring forward in the spring.  Why do we do it?  Is it worth it?  How did it start?  Does it really work?

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Two Firsts:  first female astronomer, first evidence of comet crash.

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Before there were clocks, ancient people noticed familiar patterns of stars were cyclical and were associated with the seasons.  The astrolabe works on that principle.

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The concept of the spherical earth first developed in Greek astronomy with Pythagoras in the 6th century BC with some rather convincing observations however the idea of such a world was not readily accepted. 

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Oddities & Events of 1787

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Seeing a total solar eclipse is so unusual. It naturally strikes fear especially to the ill informed who have no idea of the cause of such a phenomena.

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The Wacky World of Leo Brenner. The story of the craziest character that ever looked through a telescope.

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The strange case in the invention of the anachromatic lens.

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Neptune is the first planet to be discovered by calculation based on the irregularities in the orbit of Uranus. Who should be given credit for its discovery?

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