To Mercury By Way Of Slinky Crescent

Catch any northern lights last night? It wasn’t easy. A low glow and a few faint rays appeared in the northern sky early just after the end of evening twilight. I also saw some glow early this morning just before the start of dawn. Forecasts still call for a G1 or minor geomagnetic storm (Kp=5)…
Read More

Lunar Triangle / Departing Venus Runs Into Mercury

After a busy weekend watching moonrises and lunar halos a guy needs a break. Today we catch our breath, astronomically speaking, so we can prepare for an exciting moon-star-planet conjunction and the return of Mercury on Tuesday. We’re now on UUT, universally unwanted time, better known as daylight saving time.  Studies have shown that DST…
Read More

Start Your Day With Mercury

These late sunrises make for fun surprises. The other morning I got up around 6:30 to look for the planet Mercury, now making a pleasing appearance in the southeastern sky at dawn. After a short drive to a location with a wide open horizon facing that direction, I watched the little planet climb above a…
Read More

Three Dawn Planets On A String

My fingertips are still tender after today’s happy morning. I drove out to the country in hopes of seeing three comets — V2 Johnson, ER61 PANSTARRS and U1 NEOWISE — before dawn. I tracked them all down from an icy road in the –24°F shivery silence, my fingers curled around hand warmer packets inside lined gloves. My hunt…
Read More

‘Zero G And I Feel Fine’ — Farewell John Glenn

John Glenn, the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth, passed away today at the age of 95. It takes no effort to ride cozy spaceship Earth in its orbit around the sun. Heck, we do it every day of our lives without a thought. But to be sealed inside a tiny space capsule atop a rocket…
Read More