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Lots of drama in November skies

Lots of drama in November skies

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...
Skygazing can be as much fun as stargazing

Skygazing can be as much fun as stargazing

By David Ward
Tired of trying to stay awake until dark to see something up there? There are all kinds of cool things to see in the daytime besides blue sky and clouds.
Stay up late for summer stargazing

Stay up late for summer stargazing

By David Ward
Here in these northern latitudes, early summer brings long days and night comes late. If you want to do some serious stargazing, you might need to take an afternoon nap so you can actually stay awake until …
Naked eye: Something new to see in May's sky

Naked eye: Something new to see in May’s sky

By David Ward
The big event up there this month is a brand new meteor shower never seen before, and we are positioned right in the bull’s eye. Bringing us this display of meteors is a tiny comet just discovered a few years ago known as Comet 209P/Linear. A close encounter with …
Naked eye: Nothing eclipses this event

Naked eye: Nothing eclipses this event

By David Ward
We do not usually think about Earth having a shadow, even though we live in it half the time. Our shadow extends almost a million miles into space, and every now and then when the sun, Earth and the moon …
Bright planets and more in March skies

Bright planets and more in March skies

By David Ward
As usual, lots of things are happening up there this month. Here are some of the highlights. All of the bright planets are visible in their glory. At dusk, Jupiter is high overhead. It has been hanging out in the constellation Gemini, the twins, all winter, and it is the brightest...
Betelgeuse is the star of February

Betelgeuse is the star of February

By David Ward
February nights are mostly cloudy and we are all getting tired of this quasi-winter we’re having, so if you stay inside and watch TV all month, I will not blame you. Speaking of TV, here is a scary thought …