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Across the universe: is anybody listening?

Across the universe: is anybody listening?

By David Ward
One of the most memorable stories from the ancient Greeks is written in the stars of the autumn sky. Look high up into the northeast early in the evening for a “W” of five fairly bright stars. A dimmer sixth one turns the W into a chair. That is Cassiopeia the...
A good month to go planetary

A good month to go planetary

By David Ward Maybe you have noticed a very bright red light shining steadily low in the southeast not long after it gets dark. No, it is not a UFO or the mysterious Planet X. Actually, it’s Mars and it is closer to us than it has been for the last 10 years. Every two...
Great time to get all starry-eyed

Great time to get all starry-eyed

By David Ward
One of the most memorable stories from the ancient Greeks is written in the stars of the autumn sky. Look high up into the northeast early in the evening for a “W” of five fairly bright stars. A dimmer sixth one turns the W into a chair. That is Cassiopeia the...
April is show time for Jupiter, Mercury

April is show time for Jupiter, Mercury

By David Ward The main thing happening up there in the night sky in April is the planet Jupiter. Look for it high in the east just after it gets dark. Shining with a bright steady yellowish glow, it is unmistakable. The largest planet in our solar system is named for the Roman king of...
New revelations from the universe

New revelations from the universe

By David Ward The universe has been so full of exciting news lately that I can barely tear myself away from reading it all on my smart phone. As if there were not enough galaxies out there, astronomers have figured out how to see the ones hiding behind our own Milky Way galaxy, adding to...
Orion dominates the winter nights in the coming month

Orion dominates the winter nights in the coming month

Clear nights are a rarity this time of year, but if we do have one, look over into the east for Orion, the grand spectacle of starry winter nights. Orion, the hunter, is probably the most familiar constellation in the sky. Standing astride the celestial equator, he can be seen from both the northern
Winter skies have their own wonders

Winter skies have their own wonders

By David Ward
One of the most memorable stories from the ancient Greeks is written in the stars of the autumn sky. Look high up into the northeast early in the evening for a “W” of five fairly bright stars. A dimmer sixth one turns the W into a chair. That is Cassiopeia the...
Follow Pegasus through November skies

Follow Pegasus through November skies

There are 88 constellations of stars up there in the sky, and they represent about everything imaginable. Of course, there are the mythological characters like Orion, the hunter, Perseus, the hero, and Cassiopeia, the queen. A surprising number of practical …
In space, everything is ‘far, far away’

In space, everything is ‘far, far away’

By David Ward
One of the most memorable stories from the ancient Greeks is written in the stars of the autumn sky. Look high up into the northeast early in the evening for a “W” of five fairly bright stars. A dimmer sixth one turns the W into a chair. That is Cassiopeia the...
Another lunar eclipse at the end of September

Another lunar eclipse at the end of September

Sky watchers will be treated to another lunar eclipse at the end of September. The best thing about this one is that you will not have to get up in the middle of the night to see it. For us here in western North America, the full moon will rise in the east at sunset...