Saturn Crackles With Lightning

Clouds have taken over the night skies of late but clearing is in the offing for tomorrow and Sunday. A good time to get re-acquainted with Mars, Mercury (see entry two days ago) and Saturn. That’s a healthy lineup of evening planets. Lightning storm (white patch) imaged in regular color (left) and enhanced — NASA/JPL/SScI Saturn’s been…
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Letting Down Your Guard

My friend Rick skywatches in Arches National Park — Bob King / News Tribune Some nights are soulful. You stand outside your home looking up, taking in the beauty of the starry sky. Then something happens inside. I don’t know what triggers it exactly, but you begin to feel vastly smaller than the moment before. You’re…
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Mercury’s A Risin’

Community ed astronomy group observing Saturn in twilight last night – Bob King Clouds dogged us for a while last night but our group of hardy astronomers perservered and saw Mars, Saturn and Mercury. Yes, Mercury. It’s back in the evening sky, tangled up in the orange glow of dusk. To find it, you’ll need…
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Rings N’ Things

The clouds departed last night and left a spectacular sky in their wake. Saturn and Regulus were just two pinky fingers apart, and a real eye-grabber high in the southern sky. The great hunter Orion, and his retinue of winter pals, had toddled off to the west, while a whole new slew of stars pushed up from the east like so many shoots…
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A Celestial Crown For Northlanders

Facing east around 9:30-10 p.m. this week – created with Stellarium I bet you didn’t know there was a crown over your head these spring evenings. Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown, is easy to find if you can locate the Big Dipper. The constellation represents the crown worn by Princess Ariadne of Crete when she…
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