What Would The Sky Look Like If Arcturus, Sirius Or Alpha Centauri Were Our Sun?

I was out walking the other night around 11 o’clock when I noticed a new bright star poking through the trees low in the northeastern sky. For a moment I couldn’t figure it out, and then it came to me. Arcturus. Arcturus is a traditional spring-early summer star as that’s when it’s highest in the…
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Mercurial Delights / Supernova In Spiral Galaxy M61 / Jupiter Spots

Scattered thin clouds took nothing away from this morning’s otherwise clear sky. With the Moon waxing from quarter to gibbous phase, the slab of darkness between moonset and dawn gets sliced thinner every day. Starting November 4th the Moon will light the sky all night and not give back the darkness till next weekend. I took…
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Hold My Hand As We Peer Into The Bootes Void

Most of us would consider Bootes the Bear Guard a spring constellation. That’s when it first appears in the eastern sky, following the tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear as the snow drifts recede. Come fall, Bootes (Boh-OH-tease) and its bright luminary Arcturus recline in the west within spitting distance of the Dipper. Every…
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Magnificent Mars And A Celestial Lightsaber

Last night Mars blazed in the treetops. I’m still amazed at how bright the planet’s become in the past few weeks. Paired up with the bright, blue-white star Spica in Virgo, it’s unmistakable. The two clear the southeastern horizon together around 9:30 and become very obvious an hour later. Reach your arm toward Mars and…
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Don’t Miss This Saturday’s Saturn-moon Conjunction

A very nice, close pairing of Saturn and the waning 3rd quarter moon will happen Saturday morning at dawn. With late sunrises still the rule, this should be a very easy event to catch even through a parted window shade. At closest, the two will be just two moon widths or 1 degree apart. Saturn’s…
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