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Cruising along in a quiet corner of the galaxy

Cruising along in a quiet corner of the galaxy

By David Ward It has been called the Backbone of the Night. The Cherokee Indians thought it was cornmeal strewn across the sky by a giant dog. The Greeks believed it to be spilled breast milk from a divine goddess. The philosopher Aristotle insisted it was “the ignition of the fiery exhalation of stars in...
Once-in-a-lifetime event will eclipse any other experience

Once-in-a-lifetime event will eclipse any other experience

By David Ward Less than two months from now we get to experience the event of a lifetime, a chance to stand under the shadow of the moon. It has been 38 years since a total eclipse of the sun has visited the continental United States. Here in the Methow Valley, most of the sun...
The stars — and planets — are not really aligned

The stars — and planets — are not really aligned

By David Ward If you can stay up late enough until it gets dark, and if you dare to brave the swarms of mosquitoes, there are things to see, as always, up in the night sky. The most obvious is the planet Jupiter. Look for it high in the southwest just as it is getting...
Saturn claims the starring role in parade of planets

Saturn claims the starring role in parade of planets

By David Ward As soon as it gets dark, go out and look to the east for a really bright object up there in the sky. If it is moving, it is probably the International Space Station or an airplane. If it is not, congratulations, you have found Jupiter. To make sure, check and see...
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...