You’ll Never Sleep Again

Moon, Regulus and Saturn tonight after 8:30 /created with Stellarium Wouldn’t it be nice to know what hours of the night the sky is likely to be clear? There’s an excellent tool out there for determining this with good results. It’s a website called the Clear Sky Chart, created by Attilla Danko. It uses data…
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A Universe Of A Different Color

The first sound I heard this morning while walking the dog was the bright chipping of a cardinal. I grabbed my binoculars and spotted him halfway up a neighbor’s cottonwood tree. The intensely red cap clinched the identification. A few moments later, barking dogs and a passing car disturbed the scene and off he flew.…
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Highlights For Lunatics

The moon Saturday night through a telescope / William Wiethoff The nights have been superb this past week. Just perfect for moon watching. You’ll forgive me for returning again to my favorite natural satellite. All I can tell you is that I’m not the only one who can’t get enough moonlight in their life. William Wiethoff of…
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What Are You Tellin’ Us, Little Enceladus?

Enceladus hovers above Saturn’s rings as seen by Cassini / NASA As of June 2007, the total number of moons in our solar system stood at 169. When I was kid, that number was 30. Ever since we started sending spacecraft to the planets beginning in the early 1960s, new ones have been popping up like toaster…
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Encounter With The Red Planet

Tonight’s conjunction of the moon and Mars / created with Stellarium The moon is seven days from new phase this evening, and has completed about 1/4 of its orbit around the Earth. Hence the term First Quarter Moon. With clearing in the forecast tonight, you can witness a close encounter between the moon and Mars in the constellation…
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