Today is Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

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Spring brings a new view of the heavens

Spring brings a new view of the heavens

By David Ward   As soon as it gets dark on an early March evening, go outside and look up into the south. There you will find the great hunter Orion standing proud and upright in the evening sky. He is easily recognized by his belt — three stars in a row and two bright stars, one...
It’s a Sirius time to stargaze

It’s a Sirius time to stargaze

By David Ward I am going to give you something easy this month. See if you can find the brightest star in the sky. How hard could that be? If that sounds too difficult, however, then stay inside and spend the rest of the winter watching TV. If you are game, go out early in...
Look for Orion striding across the winter sky

Look for Orion striding across the winter sky

By David Ward The giant is back. That big old guy who hangs out with us in the winter is raising himself above the horizon. Look for him low in the southeast just after it gets dark. He is lying down then, but later in the night he will be in all his glory standing...
The Pleiades are the real stars of our December skies

The Pleiades are the real stars of our December skies

By David Ward Everyone’s favorite little star cluster, the Pleiades, adorns our evening skies this month. Look up into the east just after it gets completely dark for a small grouping of dim stars about the size of the full moon. There is nothing up there anywhere quite like it. Some people mistake it for...
 Fall stargazing is full of  bright opportunities

 Fall stargazing is full of  bright opportunities

By David Ward A crisp fall evening is the perfect time to venture out under the stars before it gets really cold this winter. Do not forget to wear a jacket and turn off the porch light to see the most stars above. High in the northeast, one of the most familiar of all the...
Changing seasons, changing skies

Changing seasons, changing skies

By David Ward The foliage in the high country is starting to change color and flocks of geese are on their way south. These are signs that the seasons are changing. Ancient people believed that everything important was written in the stars, and we can see the change in the seasons up there also. The...
Follow the Milky Way to other stargazing adventures

Follow the Milky Way to other stargazing adventures

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...
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...