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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 …
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.
Return of the Seven Sisters

Return of the Seven Sisters

By David Ward One of my favorite celestial objects is making an appearance this time of year. Early in the evening look to the east for a tiny cluster of stars about the size of the full moon. It almost looks like a small dipper, and in fact many people mistake it for the Little...
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....