EYES TO THE SKY

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It seems by design that the old year ends and the New Year begins with bedazzling celestial events. From the bright lights of holiday celebrations, from the warmth of our hearths and our beds, we are lured outdoors, into the darkness, to touch starlight, the light of planets in our solar system and our own […]

EYES TO THE SKY

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It seems by design that the old year ends and the New Year begins with bedazzling celestial events. From the bright lights of holiday celebrations, from the warmth of our hearths and our beds, we are lured outdoors, into the darkness, to touch starlight, the light of planets in our solar system and our own […]

EYES TO THE SKY December 11 – 24, 2017

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All the world would have us believe that electronic devices are indispensable for the stargazer, but I’m compelled to share with you my enduring enthusiasm for my paper star wheel, or planisphere, a stargazer’s basic field guide to the night sky. Especially now, during the season of gift giving, here’s a gift for all ages […]

EYES TO THE SKY November 27 – December 10, 2017

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Our Sun sets in the southwest at around 4:20 in the afternoon. When twilight gathers, golden Capella, the fourth brightest star in northern skies, commands our attention above the northeastern horizon. Capella, from the Latin for ‘she-goat’, is the brightest star in the constellation Auriga The Charioteer. At nightfall four lesser stars appear, shaping a […]

EYES TO THE SKY November 13 – 26, 2017

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Make it a habit, teach it to the young: lift your eyes to the sky and linger there a moment whenever you go outdoors. Whether to take a breath of fresh air or on your way somewhere, cultivate a three-dimensional view of your surroundings; include the sky in your awareness. Where the heavens meet the […]

EYES TO THE SKY November 1 – November 12, 2017

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On the wheel of the year, four astronomical events are pivotal: the fall and spring equinoxes and the winter and summer solstices. Known as “quarter days,” they mark culminations and turning points in the changing relationship of planet Earth to our Sun. Quarter days mark the swing from times of equal day and night to […]

EYES TO THE SKY October 16 – 29, 2017

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We’re coming up on the mid-point between the autumnal equinox and winter solstice – and we’re just letting go of summer! The only reason I mention it now, considering that it is three weeks from the posting date of this column, is that these are the final three weeks of Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), ridiculously […]

October 2 – 15, 2017

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The International Space Station (ISS), a research satellite that orbits planet Earth with astronaut scientists aboard, appears as a brilliant star-like object moving silently and rather quickly across the sky, best seen at dawn or dusk. Recently, while looking up at twilight to see bright Saturn in the southwest, the ISS came into view in […]

EYES TO THE SKY September 19-October 1, 2017

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The season began to change slowly, and then fast; darkness falls early. Summer’s longest days, shortest nights have edged to equal daylight and darkness. The Autumnal Equinox occurs on Friday the 22nd at 4 p.m. Sunrise and sunset times are around 12 hours apart for the rest of the month. From September 1 through early […]

EYES TO THE SKY September 5 – 17, 2017

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A nearly full moon rises in the east-southeast this evening at 7:15pm, synchronized with sunset at 7:22pm on the opposite horizon. The Full Corn Moon reaches full phase about 8 hours later, at 3:04am on the 6th. That makes for viewing on the 5th the closest to full. For those of us who, 2 weeks […]