The Further Adventures Of Mrs. W

Good news this morning. The dreaded haze has moved on. Today’s sky is a rich, transparent blue where you can once again see the moon in daylight. Last night, the path of the International Space Station (ISS) took it through Cassiopeia the Queen, the familiar constellation in the shape of the letter "W". As luck would have it, the…
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Dazed By Haze /more Space Station Passes

It happens every summer. The sky’s clear and blue one day, and it’s white with haze the next. This happened yesterday. Gone was the rich blue of recent weeks, replaced with an angel food cake version. It still looks clear, and you can still see the stars but last night’s sky was washed out. Especially so near the…
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An Everlasting Globstopper

I didn’t get to see the Willy Wonka movie until later in life. My children loved it so I sat with them once and finally learned the story of Charlie and the Golden Ticket. Like Wonka’s candy factory, the summertime Milky Way is filled with its own delectable treats for binocular and telescope users. To find…
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Daytime Lunacy

The waning gibbous moon "in conjunction" with the old Central High School clocktower yesterday morning (July 23) at 9:45 a.m. Bob King/News Tribune Have you noticed the moon in the daytime sky the past few mornings? You back the car out of the driveway and there it is, hanging like a frosty nickel in the blue sky above the…
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G-L-O-R-I-O-U-S

Did anybody catch the brilliant flare from the International Space Station (ISS) during its 10:22 p.m. pass last night? My daughter, her friend and I watched the ISS slide across the Big Dipper when all at once, it became as bright as Venus. A few seconds later it faded back to normal. Flares are possible anytime during a space station…
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