How To Use Asterisms To Help You Find The Constellations

I often mention asterisms here. An asterism is a bright pattern of stars shaped like something familiar that’s not an official constellation. The most famous is Orion’s Belt with its three bright stars in a line. It’s as easily recognizable as the Big Dipper, another asterism. These bright, familiar patterns serve as easy entry points…
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Comet PanSTARRS Takes A Dip In The Dipper Bowl

Half the problem in observing astronomical objects is finding them. Often a comet or asteroid will lie off the beaten track with no good guide stars to point the way. For beginners it’s next to impossible to know just where to look. That’s why skywatchers are grateful when bright stars, planets or even the moon…
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Blizzards Of Suns — Two Spectacular Globular Clusters For Summer Skywatchers

The last thing anyone’s thinking about right now is snow but that may be what comes to mind when looking at this photo. That’s the globular cluster NGC 6441 in Scorpius. So many stars are crowded together it looks like an oncoming blizzard. Like snowflakes, each of the cluster’s stars differs from the other though…
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Full Moon Glitter And Twinkling Starlinks

I don’t think you could have found a more perfect night to watch a moonrise. I certainly hope you got to see it, too. About a dozen people sat or stood along a stretch of Lake Superior’s rocky shore in Duluth waiting for the full moon to rise last night. These days we relish contact…
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Nights Under The Strawberry Moon / Starlink Satellite Viewing Times

Summer is closing in now. The air is fragrant at night, the days are more humid and I really need to mow the yard as soon as possible. On Friday, June 5 the moon will be full and rise pink as an unripe strawberry. In fact June’s full moon is known as the Strawberry Moon…
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