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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...
Community briefs: August 5, 2015

Community briefs: August 5, 2015

Stars and meteors Join David Ward for some stargazing and meteor shower observation on Tuesday (Aug. 11) at Sun Mountain Lodge. The free event begins at 8 p.m. Call 996-4735 for more information. Celebration in Oroville Pacific Northwest Trail Days will be celebrated Saturday (Aug. 8) on Kernan Road in Oroville. The free event celebrates...
Soak up a meteor shower in August

Soak up a meteor shower in August

August is the month for celestial fireworks and we do not even have to worry about the pyrotechnics lighting any fires. At almost mid-month, simply look up for a show emanating from the heavens above, the Old Faithful of shooting stars, the Perseid meteor shower. They are not really actual stars flying across the sky, of...
Stay up late for June stargazing

Stay up late for June stargazing

There is not much time for stargazing in June because the days are so long, with the summer solstice arriving on June 21. If you can stay up late enough to see any stars, look for the Summer Triangle coming up in the east just after it gets dark. Three bright stars outline this large...
Planets galore in May skies (and some stars, too)

Planets galore in May skies (and some stars, too)

A sure sign of spring for stargazers is the sight of the Big Dipper swinging up into the northeastern sky on an evening in May. If you are ever lost at night and it is too dark to see your GPS, use the pointer stars at the end of the bowl of the dipper to...
Eclipse brings ‘blood moon’ this weekend

Eclipse brings ‘blood moon’ this weekend

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...
Jupiter and Venus are the ‘stars’ of March evenings

Jupiter and Venus are the ‘stars’ of March evenings

By David Ward The two brightest planets rule the night sky in March: Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west, with all the bright stars of winter in between. The two planets are getting closer together and will continue to do so all spring. In June they will pair up in the west...