EYES TO THE SKY

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At the height of summer, a blue-white sapphire-of-a-star appears near the top of the sky in the east at dusk, soon followed by a pale citrine point of starlight below. By 9:15 p.m. a third, dimmer star completes one of the season’s great celestial patterns, the Summer Triangle. The stars, Vega, Altair and Deneb, are […]

EYES TO THE SKY July 11 – 24, 2016

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All of humanity triumphed last week, on July 4, 2016, when Juno, a spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 5, 2011, crossed the boundary of planet Jupiter’s formidable magnetic field and slipped into orbit around the great gas planet. The probe traveled 540 million miles at the fastest speed ever achieved by a […]

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On the summer solstice, June 20th, I was out in a canoe on a small pond shortly after sunset, botanizing and birding. The sun sets slowly during the weeks on either side of the solstice; daylight lingers in the sky. It was awhile before dusk, when I began to scan the sky for the brightest […]

EYES TO THE SKY June 13 – 26, 2016

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The numbers look good and the effect celebratory. The earliest sunrises of the year in our locale, 5:24am EDT (4:24 EST), began on June 11 and continue through the 18th. Summer Solstice, when the northern hemisphere is at full tilt towards the sun, occurs on June 20 at 6:34pm, while the Strawberry Moon reaches full […]

EYES TO THE SKY May 30 – June 12, 2016

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Stepping out to stargaze on a late spring night is as much about the delight of finding our place in our celestial neighborhood as experiencing the rush of surprise encounters out there in the dark as life on Earth celebrates renewal. The pace has picked up. We look up and are stunned by the appearance […]

EYES TO THE SKY May 16 – 29, 2016

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Observers of Mars are scattered throughout the world. This provides the opportunity to have continuous coverage of Mars since it is always night somewhere and thus Mars can (at least potentially) be constantly observed. There is a bit of a gap in the Pacific area, though, and Kwajalein [in the Republic of the Marshall Islands] […]

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The Northeast Astronomy Forum The Horsehead, Flame and IC434 Nebulae by Terry Hancock, Downunder Observatory Most often as a solitary observer I look up to Earth’s blue atmosphere, radiant with sunlight or, at dawn and dusk, to the brightest stars and planets; after twilight deepens read more …

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Most often as a solitary observer I look up to Earth’s blue atmosphere, radiant with sunlight or, at dawn and dusk, to the brightest stars and planets; after twilight deepens read more …

EYES TO THE SKY February 8 – 21, 2016

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I was visited by Iris, the goddess of the rainbow, who, just like in Greek times, acted as a messenger of the gods. That’s how it came to be that when I looked out a picture window there were ribbons of glowing blue-green, pink and violet in clouds that had appeared above the hills to […]

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At our fingertips: solutions to light pollution Light pollution is like a hung ceiling of haze over the land and sky that has changed the nature of our cities and is encroaching on our villages and rural locations. It is the cumulative result of light trespass, one light at a time overreaching its intended target […]