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It’s Not Just Personal:  The Collective Trauma of Religion

A Guest Blog By Marlene Winell, Ph.D. On January 20, America’s religiosity was on full display.  In fact, the religious parts of the U.S. Inauguration were excessive even by inauguration standards, which always includes an invocation... The post It’s Not Just Personal: The Collective Trauma of Religion appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via Letters from an American

By Heather Cox Richardson The following is via Heather Cox Richardson’s *essential* newsletter, Letters from an American. If you don’t already receive this in your inbox everyday, I urge you to subscribe. –Frank The crisis... The post via Letters from an American appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via Down With Tyranny: Evangelicals Are The Rotten Toxic Core Of Trump’s Political-Fiscal Aspirations

By Howie Klein Read at Down With Tyranny Trump never liked Pence and even tried to rescind his decision to invite him onto the ticket in 2016. But Pence was supposed to be Trump’s bridge... The post via Down With Tyranny: Evangelicals Are The Rotten Toxic Core Of Trump’s Political-Fiscal Aspirations appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

For Once: Real Family Values!

If you’ve followed anything I’ve done, especially over the last five years, you know that I was part of the early “Male-Chauvinist, Religious-White-Right, Family Values” movement in the 70s and 80s, which led us down... The post For Once: Real Family Values! appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via HuffPost: Out With Reagan, Buckley And Kemp; In With Trump, QAnon And Marjorie Taylor Greene

By S.V. Date Read at HuffPost WASHINGTON ― They raised the scaffolding up the side of the Capitol, tore down the flag of the United States and, to cheers from their fellow rioters below, hoisted... The post via HuffPost: Out With Reagan, Buckley And Kemp; In With Trump, QAnon And Marjorie Taylor Greene appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via Church and State: Pat Robertson Calls For Establishing Biblical Law As The Law Of The Land

By Stephen D. Foster Jr. Pat Robertson is openly calling for replacing the Constitution with the Bible as the law of the land. In the Constitution, you will not find any reference to the Bible... The post via Church and State: Pat Robertson Calls For Establishing Biblical Law As The Law Of The Land appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via Washington Post: Opinion: How can police pepper-spray a harmless child? The answer is distressingly clear.

Opinion by Editorial Board Read at Washington Post ROCHESTER, N.Y., police became the object of national opprobrium last year after videos surfaced showing the brutal treatment of a Black man who had been suffering from a psychotic episode.... The post via Washington Post: Opinion: How can police pepper-spray a harmless child? The answer is distressingly clear. appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

“Survival of the Friendliest” with the Bible Buds

I recently had the opportunity to chat with Dan and Andrew of the Bible Buds Podcast and I had such a great time!  We talked about chopping enough wood for a New England Winter, growing... The post “Survival of the Friendliest” with the Bible Buds appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

Name All The Names.

By Eric Tichenor There is one sentence from the ancient Hebrew Tanakh, within the Torah section (teachings, law), which perfectly illuminates the motivations of the seditionists who have created our current, modern-day political crisis. And... The post Name All The Names. appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

via New York Times: ‘The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’

By Thomas B. Edsall Read at New York Times It’s impossible to understand the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol without addressing the movement that has come to be known as Christian nationalism. Andrew L. Whitehead and Samuel L.... The post via New York Times: ‘The Capitol Insurrection Was as Christian Nationalist as It Gets.’ appeared first on Frank Schaeffer - Official Blog. [...]

Plato - Crito

After having been unjustly convicted of the bogus charges brought against him in that most infamous and influential of trials, Socrates was asked to propose a penalty for himself. Defying everyone's expectations (exile, paying a fine, delivering a public apology, etc.), Socrates claimed he should be rewarded with free room and board at the Prytaneum. This response upset the Athenians so much that an even greater number than those who had originally found him guilty decided the proper sentence should now be death.In the Crito, and against all sorts of arguments—moral, prudential, political, philosophical—urging him to escape this unjust punishment,… [...]

The Philosophy of Christopher Nolan

Ever since I first watched Memento and its fascinating exploration of the philosophical question of personal identity as constituted by memory through time, film director Christopher Nolan has been on my radar. And, Insomnia aside, he has consistently managed to set the bar higher and higher to the point where he stands on a category of cinematographic and philosophical genius all by himself.In addition of being a master of character development, non-linear storytelling and building hair-raising suspense—not to say anything about the pure aesthetic beauty of his films—Nolan is a director of big ideas. There's virtually no film in which he… [...]

Voltaire - Candide

The philosophical problem of evil—the question of how the existence of unnecessary suffering is possible in a world created and sustained by an all-powerful, all-knowing and benevolent deity—has vexed theologians and philosophers for millennia.Apologists have attempted to vindicate God's goodness in various versions of what is known as theodicy. One of the most famous was articulated by the Enlightenment polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. Given that he thought the existence of contingent beings requires an explanation that is itself not contingent, Leibniz deployed a really clever argument to prove the metaphysical necessity of the existence of God. Since God was for… [...]

Arrow - A Celebration of Love

Life is hard enough as it is. Existence, in many ways, is suffering. Obviously, some have it much worse than others, and that matters, but at some point in our lives we all experience pain, disease, loss, betrayal. We struggle with existential angst, with the fear of meaninglessness, with questions of character, with the impending coming of oblivion. We struggle to pay rent, to put food on the table, and to have enough energy at the end of the day to make a positive difference in the world.And we don't all find love. Few things make the loneliness of existence… [...]

If 'Despacito' Were Written by an Evo-Devo Biologist

If you are a geek, you are likely to get excited over things others might find boring, laughable, lame, etc. You still like what you like, but you also know when to keep that to yourself.But sometimes you stumble upon something so incredibly brilliant that, no matter what else may be going on in your life, you just have to let your inner geek go nuts. And the following parody of 'Despacito' is just such an instance... [...]

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley

James Baldwin, the great essayist, poet, civil rights activist, writer and orator, would have turned 93 this week. In order to commemorate the importance of his memory and legacy, we are showcasing today the very famous Cambridge debate in which—while surrounded by an overwhelmingly white audience—he courageously and adeptly defended the proposition that “The American Dream is at the expense of the American negro” against the influential conservative writer William F. Buckley, Jr.Prior to this debate, Buckley had made his reputation as a leading American conservative, at least partly, through his writings opposing the civil rights movement and desegregation, and by… [...]

Genius of the Ancient World - Socrates

Few figures have been more important and influential in the history of civilization than the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. And it's not simply that he was a philosopher either. Despite the importance of the intellectual contributions made by his predecessors, and despite the vast differences between them (just think Thales, Anaximander, Pythagoras, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Democritus, etc.), virtually all philosophers who preceded him were ultimately consigned to the category of Pre-Socratics.So what exactly was so special about Socrates that it would be he, and not any of his forerunners, who would be generally recognized to be the first master of philosophy?… [...]

The Presocratics

Anyone who's ever contemplated Raphael's celebrated painting The School of Athens knows that the painting centers, quite literally, around Plato and Aristotle (the former pointing up toward his transcendent Realm of the Forms, while the latter attempts to ground his understanding of reality on a much more naturalistic conception). A quick glance also reveals a few other obvious personalities: Socrates, Diogenes the Cynic, Pythagoras, and Euclid (or perhaps Archimedes?). But if you look even closer, you can see that this painting is also paying homage to the Presocratics, those thinkers who dared to imagine the cosmos might be intelligible to… [...]

President Obama's Farewell Address

As his presidency sadly comes to an end, President Obama delivered last night what is sure to become one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in his already admirable history of powerful and memorable speeches.In a time when democracy, justice, freedom, equality and human rights have come under threat in America—as a right-wing administration inspired by unabashed hatred, divisiveness, racism, xenophobia and greed prepares to take office—President Obama's message is a sober and thoughtful reminder that this experiment in self-governing is not a foregone conclusion but a process that requires permanent work, vigilance and cooperation.Thank you for being an… [...]

John Berger - Ways of Seeing

Art critic John Berger's recent death has left a huge void in the world of art appreciation. While his career prompted numerous controversies and instances of outrage and public condemnation, Berger's attacks on what sometimes amounts to the condescending and elitist attitude of his own profession helped popularize the appreciation of art. His 1972 BBC documentary series Ways of Seeing, as well as its subsequent eponymous book, helped bring the world of thoughtful art appreciation to an entire generation of people who may have otherwise never gotten interested in the fine arts. Unlike conventional forms of art criticism and appreciation—which tend… [...]

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Dzogchen master Tsoknyi Rinpoche shares a meditation to encourage clarity of mind.  The post Recognizing Clarity: A Dzogchen Meditation appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

When you recognize the true nature of mind, says Dzogchen master Tsoknyi Rinpoche, all habitual patterns are naturally liberated in the space of wisdom. That includes the ultimate habit known as samsara. The post The Natural Liberation of Habits appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

El maestro zen Brad Warner acerca de la vez que consideró el suicidio -y el tipo distinto de muerte que eligió. The post Por qué no intenté suicidarme appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

Estar sin un punto de referencia es la soledad última. También se le llama iluminación. The post Seis tipos de soledad appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

The name “Buddha,” means “one who is awake.” Sam Littlefair shares three Buddhist teachings on sleeping, dreaming and - finally - awakening. The post Sleeping, Dreaming, and Waking Up appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

 LionsRoar.com's digital editor Lilly Greenblatt looks at the hope in hopelessness.  The post Hope in Hopelessness appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

Born's new song is a shot of grounding inspiration right when we all could use it. The post “In This Moment” — Buddhist inspiration and aspiration meet in new Born I Music song/video appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

You have everything you need to start a meditation practice: a mind, a body, and curiosity. Begin today with this collection of starter meditations. The post 5 Meditations You Can Do Right Now appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

Melissa Myozen Blacker teaches Koan practice of asking again and again, "Who am I?" Every time an answer arises set it aside. Eventually, answers stops coming, replaced by a feeling of profound wonder. The post Who Am I? appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

Tonglen, teaches Pema Chödrön, is a method for awakening our compassion by breathing in suffering and breathing out relief.  The post Awakening Compassion appeared first on Lion's Roar. [...]

Hospitals in France forced to SLOW DOWN covid vaccinations as healthcare workers fall ill in droves

(Natural News) When the experimental covid vaccine was first rolled out at the University Hospital of Brest in Brittany, a staggering 25 percent of the vaccinated healthcare workers fell ill. Many suffered from severe headaches, high fever, chills, sore muscles and consequentially, could not go to work. The rate of vaccine injury was so high,... [...]

Research group blames wind power for Texas grid collapse

(Natural News) As things in Texas trickle back towards some semblance of normal post-blackout, the blaming and finger-pointing has begun. Who or what is responsible for the absolute debacle that left millions of Texans without electricity during record-cold temperatures? According to one group, failed wind turbines are to blame. Cascend Strategy published a report that... [...]

Why CULTURE matters in a collapse: Texans show how civilized society functions, even when the power grid doesn't

(Natural News) The events of the past several weeks really highlight a difference in the way Texans respond to disaster compared to, say, the residents of inner-city Atlanta, Detroit or Minneapolis. Even though millions were left without power for days on end, there has not been even one report of rioting or looting anywhere in... [...]

SACRIFICE THE CHILDREN: Oxford Vaccine Group recruits children for coronavirus vaccine trials

(Natural News) Children are no longer exempt from coronavirus vaccine trials. The Oxford Vaccine Group is looking for children aged 6 to 17 to take part in a coronavirus vaccine study. This marks the first time a coronavirus vaccine would be tested on anyone younger than 12 years old. “We have a new COVID-19 study... [...]

Researchers suggest fish oil supplements should be considered a potential treatment for ADHD

(Natural News) Most commonly used medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are known to cause side effects that negatively impact children’s mental health. Ritalin and Adderall, for example, can cause sleep problems, anxiety, irritability and headache. Therefore, researchers are now looking for alternative treatments for ADHD. In a recent study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, British and Taiwanese researchers... [...]

4 People in Oregon test positive for coronavirus after receiving second vaccine shot

(Natural News) Four people in Oregon tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) even after having been vaccinated, state public health officials reported on Friday, Feb. 12. The news makes Oregon one of the first few states to confirm “breakthrough cases.” These are people who test positive for the coronavirus at least 14 days after receiving the... [...]

Black cutch, an Asian medicinal plant, contains compounds that are effective against the dengue virus

(Natural News) Dengue is a viral infection that’s common in countries with subtropical and tropical climates. It is transmitted through the bite of a female mosquito (Aedes aegypti or A. albopictus) carrying the dengue virus (DENV). Although many cases of DENV infection involve only mild symptoms, severe dengue can be life-threatening and requires hospitalization. According to the World Health... [...]

Your pediatrician wants a word  alone  with your teen

(Natural News) A Warning Hard to believe, but I have a kid approaching driving age. He’s a wonderful boy, in every way. Devout, intelligent, and obsessed with basketball and video games, says his prayers every night before bed. Always reminds me to do penance on Fridays if I forget what day it is and eat... [...]

New Yorkers protest 'white supremacy' over rising trend of black-on-Asian violence

(Natural News) Left-wing New Yorkers lined the streets on Sunday to protest “white supremacy” as a rash of black-on-asian violence sweeps through the city. (Article by Shane Trejo republished from BigLeaguePolitics.com) Even though it is black individuals who are overwhelmingly perpetrating the rash of anti-Asian violence, these leftists still blame “white supremacy” because their cult’s dogma takes precedence... [...]

Bill Gates bankrolling educational organization that says math is racist

(Natural News) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is bankrolling an activist educational group that believes math is racist and that arriving at an objective answer is an example of “white supremacy.” (Article by Paul Joseph Watson republished from Summit.news) Yes, really. A conglomerate of 25 educational organizations called A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction asserts that... [...]

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Perseverance’s Landing … Seen From Orbit!

The HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has done it again. The imaging team was able to capture the Perseverance rover as it descended through the Martian atmosphere, hanging under its parachute. Stunning. If you feel you’ve seen something like this before, you have. HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) also captured both the … Continue reading "Perseverance’s Landing … Seen From Orbit!" The post Perseverance’s Landing … Seen From Orbit! appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

Since Perseverance is Searching for Life, What Will it Be Looking for?

You have to be careful what you say to people. When NASA or someone else says that the Perseverance rover will be looking for fossil evidence of ancient life, the uninformed may guffaw loudly. Or worse, they may think that scientists are looking for actual animal skeletons or something. Of course, that’s not the case. … Continue reading "Since Perseverance is Searching for Life, What Will it Be Looking for?" The post Since Perseverance is Searching for Life, What Will it Be Looking for? appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

A map of 25,000 Supermassive Black Holes Across the Universe

The Low Frequency Array has mapped a portion of the sky at the lowest radio frequencies ever, revealing more than 25,000 supermassive black holes. The post A map of 25,000 Supermassive Black Holes Across the Universe appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

Watch Perseverance Land on Mars. Mind…Blown

NASA’s Perseverance rover is practically bristling with cameras. And those cameras were busy during the rover’s breathtaking descent to the Martian surface. Now NASA has released images and videos of the blessed event. Perseverance’s arrival and safe landing at Mars is an amazing accomplishment for NASA, and for all of us. Each of the previous … Continue reading "Watch Perseverance Land on Mars. Mind…Blown" The post Watch Perseverance Land on Mars. Mind…Blown appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

How Long Will Space Junk Take to Burn Up? Here’s a Handy Chart

If the Roman Empire had been able to launch a satellite in a relatively high Low Earth Orbit – say about 1,200 km (750 miles) in altitude – only now would that satellite be close to falling back to Earth. And if the dinosaurs had launched a satellite into the furthest geostationary orbit – 36,000 … Continue reading "How Long Will Space Junk Take to Burn Up? Here’s a Handy Chart" The post How Long Will Space Junk Take to Burn Up? Here’s a Handy Chart appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

There’s Evidence That Mars Once Had an Atmosphere With Less Oxygen. A Possible Biosignature For Life?

Remote sensing is only useful if scientists have an idea of what they are looking at.  That knowledge is especially important for remote sensing applications on other planets, such as Mars, where it is extraordinarily difficult to collect information about an observed object in any other way.  To make up for the lack of ability … Continue reading "There’s Evidence That Mars Once Had an Atmosphere With Less Oxygen. A Possible Biosignature For Life?" The post There’s Evidence That Mars Once Had an Atmosphere With Less Oxygen. A Possible Biosignature For Life? appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

The Mars Helicopter is Online and Getting Ready to Fly

Earth is the only planet in the solar system with aircraft capable of sustained flight. Suppose the ground-breaking Ingenuity helicopter, currently stowed aboard the similarly spectacular Mars Perseverance rover, accomplishes its planned mission. In that case, Mars will become the second planet to have a powered aircraft fly through its atmosphere.  Ingenuity has sent its … Continue reading "The Mars Helicopter is Online and Getting Ready to Fly" The post The Mars Helicopter is Online and Getting Ready to Fly appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

Protogalaxy Cluster Found When the Cosmic Fog Was Starting to Clear, When the Universe Was Just 750 Million Years Old

Origin stories are a focus of many astronomical studies.  Planetary formation, solar system formation, and even galaxy formation have long been studied in order to understand how the universe came to be where it is today.  Now, a team of scientists from the Lyman Alpha Galaxies in the Epoch of Reionization (LAGER) consortium have found … Continue reading "Protogalaxy Cluster Found When the Cosmic Fog Was Starting to Clear, When the Universe Was Just 750 Million Years Old" The post Protogalaxy Cluster Found When the Cosmic Fog Was Starting to Clear, When the Universe Was Just 750 Million Years Old… [...]

Just Some of the Planets That TESS Has Found Nearby

Using data from TESS and a number of other observatories, an international team has found a system with three exoplanets relatively close to Earth. The post Just Some of the Planets That TESS Has Found Nearby appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

Once He Steps Down From Amazon, Jeff Bezos Will be Able to Focus his Energy on Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos' recent decision to step down as CEO of Amazon could be good news for Blue Origin, one of SpaceX's chief competitors! The post Once He Steps Down From Amazon, Jeff Bezos Will be Able to Focus his Energy on Blue Origin appeared first on Universe Today. [...]

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The Milky Way may be swarming with planets with oceans and continents like here on Earth

According to a new study, Earth, Venus and Mars were created from small dust particles containing ice and carbon. The discovery opens up the possibility that the Milky Way may be filled with aquatic planets. [...]

NASA's Mars Perseverance rover provides front-row seat to landing, first audio recording of Red Planet

New video from NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars. [...]

Sleep is vital to associating emotion with memory, study finds

When you slip into sleep, it's easy to imagine that your brain shuts down, but new research suggests that groups of neurons activated during prior learning keep humming, tattooing memories into your brain. [...]

A speed limit also applies in the quantum world

Even in the world of the smallest particles with their own special rules, things cannot proceed infinitely fast. Physicists have now shown what the speed limit is for complex quantum operations. The results are important for the realization of quantum computers, among other things. [...]

Touchdown! NASA's Mars Perseverance rover safely lands on Red Planet

The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). About the size of a car, the robotic geologist and astrobiologist will undergo several weeks of testing before it begins its two-year science investigation of Mars' Jezero Crater. A fundamental part of its mission is astrobiology, including the search for signs of ancient microbial life. [...]

Scientists identify more than 140,000 virus species in the human gut

Viruses are the most numerous biological entities on the planet. Now researchers have identified over 140,000 viral species living in the human gut, more than half of which have never been seen before. [...]

New crystalline form of ice

Three years ago, chemists found evidence for the existence of a new variety of ice. Until then, 18 types of crystalline ice were known. The team now reports on the elucidation of the crystal structure of ice XIX using neutron diffraction. [...]

Toward a disease-sniffing device that rivals a dog's nose

A new system can detect the chemical and microbial content of an air sample with even greater sensitivity than a dog's nose. Researchers coupled this to a machine-learning process that can identify the distinctive characteristics of the disease-bearing samples. [...]

Neandertal gene variants both increase and decrease the risk for severe COVID-19

Last year, researchers showed that a major genetic risk factor for severe COVID-19 is inherited from Neandertals. Now the same researchers show that Neandertals also contributed a protective variant. Half of all people outside Africa carry a Neandertal gene variant that reduces the risk of needing intensive care for COVID-19 by 20 percent. [...]

Climate change likely drove the extinction of North America's largest animals

A new study suggests that the extinction of North America's largest mammals was not driven by over-hunting by rapidly expanding human populations following their entrance into the Americas. Instead, the findings, based on a new statistical modelling approach, suggest that populations of large mammals fluctuated in response to climate change, with drastic decreases of temperatures around 13,000 years ago initiating the decline and extinction of these massive creatures. [...]

A single high-energy neutrino may shed light on a star being swallowed by a supermassive black hole some 750 million light-years away. The post Star-shredding Black Hole Makes Ghostlike Particle appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

NASA’s Perseverance rover is providing us with amazing views of its new home., including an amazing video of the sky-crane descent. The post Watch NASA's Perseverance Land in Jezero Crater on Mars appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

A higher mass for Cygnus X-1, the first black hole to be discovered, challenges ideas about the evolution of massive stars. The post First-detected Black Hole is More Massive Than We Thought appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

Scientists have made a new and improved map of possible water-ice reservoirs on Mars. The post New Map of Ice on Mars Will Aid Future Crewed Missions appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

Sirius the Dog Star blazes high in the southeast after dinnertime, the brightest star of Canis Major. Spot it lower left of Orion. The stars of Canis Major can be connected to form a convincing dog profile. The post This Week's Sky at a Glance, February 19 – 27 appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

About once a month this winter, we can watch the Moon take a four-day journey across a field of stars termed the "Winter Hexagon." The post Watch the Moon Journey Across the Winter Hexagon appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

NASA’s Perseverance rover, now safely on the floor of Jezero crater, will soon begin its search for evidence of past life on Mars. The post NASA’s Perseverance Arrives on Mars appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

One week from today, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars. Find resources here — including broadcast of the landing itself. The post Watch Online: NASA's Perseverance Landing on Mars appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

Snare a dozen bright double stars and deep-sky objects in the celestial Hare the next clear night. We also provide details on how to watch the potentially hazardous asteroid Apophis occult a star the night of February 21st. The post A Deep-sky Hippity-hop through Lepus, the Hare appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]

You don't need a dark-sky location to shoot galaxies — you can capture them from your backyard with these tips. The post Tips for Imaging Galaxies from Your Backyard appeared first on Sky & Telescope. [...]