Exploring the Celestial Scorpion

Week of June 26 — July 2, 2022 During late June evenings, we can easily see one of the great celestial symbols of summertime. Look low toward the southern sky after dark, and you’ll spot the long, curving arc of Scorpius, the scorpion.  You will easily notice the bright reddish-orange star Antares twinkling wildly as its light bounces through much […]

Spring Turns Into Summer

Week of June 19-25, 2022 Summertime is on its way!  Officially, the summer solstice arrives this year on June 21 at 2:14 a.m. PDT (5:14 a.m. EDT). This time marks the exact moment when the sun reaches its farthest northward point over the Earth and signals the onset of summertime in our planet’s Northern Hemisphere.  On that day, early morning […]

star chart showing moon's position

Measure the Moon’s Movement

Week of June 5-11, 2022 Gertrude Stein had the right idea when she penned the words “a rose is a rose is a rose” because its meaning applies to so much in life, including stargazing.  For instance, when astronomers measure the cosmos, we do so in degrees. These are not temperature degrees, but angular degrees.  I first came to know […]

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