60 Minutes With The Orionids

The Orionids, a minor but always reliable meteor shower, peaks this coming weekend. Under a dark sky you can up to 15 meteors an hour and sometimes more. Because Orion doesn’t really crest the horizon until midnight, the best viewing times begin a couple hours before dawn. This year, when the constellation culminates in the…
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Crazy Capricornus — Boat, Goat And Smile In The Sky

  Some people see a paper boat, others a goat, some a sloppy triangle and others the mischievous grin of the Cheshire Cat. Whatever we behold in the curious constellation of Capricornus, I was just happy for clear skies to see it last night. Two weeks of cloudy nights have been too much for this star-craved…
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Voyager 2 On Verge Of Interstellar Space

I’m happy many of my friends from the 1970s are still around. I feel the same way about the dual space probes Voyagers 1 and 2, launched by NASA in 1977 and still kicking to this day. Both went on to explore Jupiter and Saturn with Voyager 2 continuing to Uranus and Neptune. On August…
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Moon Makes A Move On Jupiter / New Lunar Craters Named After Iconic Photo

Only two days old, the evening crescent’s back. You can catch it tonight 20 minutes to a half-hour after sunset low in the southwestern sky looking about as thin as a bread crust. A little more than one outstretched fist to its left, look for Jupiter in the twilight sky. Tomorrow night, the moon will…
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Why Most Things Look Black-and-White In A Telescope

I attended a star party in Wisconsin this past weekend during the prime of the fall color season. On the way down I pulled the car over more than once to take photos of the breathtaking maples and oaks set among dark pines. Our eyes delight in natural color. It gets a little motor spinning…
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