About Dennis Mammana

Dennis Mammana

Dennis Mammana

For more than three decades, Dennis Mammana has shared the wonder and mystery of the cosmos with audiences around the world. With a B.A. in physics from Otterbein College and an M.S. in astronomy from Vanderbilt University, Mammana has held positions at the Smithsonian's National Air & Space Museum, the University of Arizona, and San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. He now works as an astronomy writer, lecturer and photographer from under the clear dark skies of Southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert. Mammana is the author of six books on astronomy, hundreds of popular magazine and encyclopedia articles and, since 1992, has written "Stargazers," the only nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column on astronomy.

As an accomplished night-sky photographer, his stunning images have appeared in a variety of media and international exhibitions, and can be enjoyed at his website, www.dennismammana.com. He is an invited member of TWAN — The World At Night — an international team of the world's most highly acclaimed sky photographers.

A dynamic public speaker, Mammana has entertained and informed audiences on six continents at resorts, on cruise ships and as an after-dinner speaker, and leads public tours to view and photograph such celestial displays as the aurora borealis and total solar eclipses. He makes frequent appearances on both radio and television.

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Catching the Elusive Planet Mercury Jun 20, 2019

Week of June 23-29, 2019 Mercury is one of those planets we rarely see. Unlike Venus, which can dominate our sky with its brilliance, or Jupiter, Mars or Saturn that can shine brightly all night long, Mercury appears for only a few weeks each year an... Read More

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Spring Turns to Summer Jun 13, 2019

Week of June 16-22, 2019 A change of seasons is coming in just a few days. Officially, the summer solstice arrives this year on June 21 at 8:54 a.m. PDT (11:54 a.m. EDT). This time marks the exact moment when the sun reaches its farthest northward p... Read More

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By Jove, Jupiter Is Back! Jun 06, 2019

Week of June 9-15, 2019 I've missed Jupiter. That may seem like a corny thing to say, but when one enjoys viewing a planet so much, it's really kind of sad to see it leave our evening sky. Yet, since Earth and its companion worlds orbit the sun, that... Read More