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Consider our sun’s place in the universe

Consider our sun’s place in the universe

By David Ward
On a clear winter night, go outside and look up into that star-filled dome above. There seems to be millions of them, but if your eyesight is excellent and the sky is really dark, you can see about 4,500 stars. Now here is an interesting fact: Almost all of those stars...
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 …
Winter’s brightest stars put on a show

Winter’s brightest stars put on a show

With not very much snow on the ground in the valley, it may not feel like winter has really arrived, but the stars tell a different story. All the bright stars of winter are on display up there and on a clear, cold night, they are spectacular.
Comet ISON: big show or big bust?

Comet ISON: big show or big bust?

By David Ward A special guest is coming for a visit during the holidays – Comet ISON. Will it be the most amazing celestial spectacle any of us have ever seen in our lifetimes, or a complete dud? That question is being hotly debated in astronomical circles right now and nobody has a clue. Here...
The amazing story  of Deneb

The amazing story of Deneb

By David Ward One of these fine October evenings, look straight up over head for one of the most amazing stars in the sky, Deneb. It belongs to three different star groupings – the head of the Northern Cross, the tail of Cygnus the Swan, and one of the three points of the Summer Triangle....

All about Andromeda

By David Ward Rising in the east this time of year are a whole group of constellations representing one of the more elaborate myths of the ancient Greeks. Central to that story is Andromeda, the beautiful daughter of Queen Cassiopeia. To find Andromeda in the sky, first look for Pegasus, the flying horse, outlined by...