Saturn Meets Venus In Evening Twilight Showdown

A reader mentioned the other day that I seemed pessimistic about seeing the planet Saturn. You know, he was right. Although our favorite ringed planet has settled into obscurity low in the southwestern sky at dusk, it’s still in the game. I easily saw it with the naked eye last night three fingers (5 degrees)…
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The Magic Of Harvest Moon Birdwatching

Where is the interface between the cosmos and planet Earth? Everywhere. Watching birds fly across the shiny coin of the Harvest Moon last night was but one example.  Every September anyone with a telescope magnifying 30x and up who happens to look at the full moon can’t help but notice the occasional silhouettes of migrating…
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Take The Plunge Into That Burnin’ Ring Of Fire

Yesterday on a walk in Hawk Ridge Nature Reserve near my home, a flock of migrating nighthawks blew by headed south. I identified them right away by their white wing patches. Birds on the move, cool mornings lavish with dew. I like these hints of fall. Through the telescope last night, the nearly 12-day-old moon…
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