Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 24 May 2017 15:47:28 -0700 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 2b0d817ab1e45c7becf5eb892a10889f Making Friends With Vega for 05/18/2017 Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of May 21-27, 2017 </p> <p>Of all the books I've read during my 43-year astronomy career, my favorite isn't even an astronomy book; it's actually the inspirational and romantic autobiography of the late amateur astronomer and comet discoverer extraordinaire Leslie Peltier. </p> <p>In his marvelous 1985 book "Starlight Nights," Peltier writes ever so eloquently of his passion for stargazing and how one springtime long ago as a wide-eyed child, he read and learned about his very first star.<p>Updated: Mon May 22, 2017</p> 9f0dfc4ab617d8ff3b702e38b1a2b77a A Celestial Menagerie for 05/11/2017 Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 14-20, 2017 </p> <p>Look back into history and you'll find that just about every indigenous culture on Earth developed its own unique set of constellations, and many were passed down to later generations. Modern Western stargazers inherited those created primarily by the ancient Greeks and early European explorers and astronomers. <p>Updated: Thu May 11, 2017</p> e3a3b30be06a71ee8f3f6eddfc967c1e Our Two-Faced Moon for 05/04/2017 Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 7-13, 2017 </p> <p>May has arrived, and with it comes some beautiful evening weather to help us enjoy our night sky. This week, the full moon occurs on Wed., May 10, and, as the full moon always does, it will rise above the eastern horizon as the sun sets behind the western horizon. <p>Updated: Thu May 04, 2017</p> c4ff8ea709b4243f42e675504fd14645 Message to the Stars for 04/27/2017 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 30-May 6, 2017 </p> <p>On Nov. 16, 1974, astronomers sent skyward a cryptic three-minute radio signal from the newly dedicated radio telescope with a 1,000-foot diameter in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It carried into the heavens the story of our world, our species and our understanding of the cosmos. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 27, 2017</p> f241dbbbee0f05a86ba3dd1dae8de8e6 Mooning Around With Jupiter for 04/20/2017 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 23-29, 2017 </p> <p>It was little over four centuries ago that the great Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first aimed his telescope skyward. It's amazing how many people believe that it was he who invented the telescope, but this was most likely an invention from Holland; in fact, the Dutch were using the device as a military tool decades before Galileo built his own. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 20, 2017</p> bcca6fd1479b24781796909ef7c4f6e6 Enjoying the Lyrids Meteor Shower for 04/13/2017 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 16-22, 2017 </p> <p>With springtime well underway, stargazers are beginning to retreat from the blinding lights of large cities to enjoy the sky in its true splendor. And what a great time to begin searching for falling or shooting stars, which are known to astronomers as meteors. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 13, 2017</p> 69c84a72e1b1a07afb9b7e6c3900129d Time Travel Among the Stars for 04/06/2017 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 9-15, 2017 </p> <p>It's been said that most of what we know about the universe comes to us in the form of light. But what is light? <p>Updated: Thu Apr 06, 2017</p> 99f38da5b3f0dc67d7fa8d8af97b60ee The Return of Jupiter for 03/30/2017 Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 2-8, 2017 </p> <p>What a great way to begin springtime. Jupiter is back in our night sky, and no one could be happier. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 30, 2017</p> c60ff35894144a277211dab8d99458fd Realm of the Galaxies for 03/23/2017 Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 26-April 1, 2017 </p> <p>After the moon sets this week, get away from bright city lights and take a gander at a pristine rural sky. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 23, 2017</p> f1b25b3d6fb790910883991c6eb51e42 Finding the Horse and Rider for 03/16/2017 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of March 19-25, 2017 </p> <p>We terrestrial stargazers have it easy. We orbit a single star, and we look out at the starry heavens and believe that all stars are like the sun. </p> <p>In some ways that's true. All are globes mostly composed of hydrogen that shine by a process of thermonuclear fusion occurring deep within their core. But, as astronomers have learned, that's where the similarity often ends. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 16, 2017</p> 674aaa8a5939fb3fb007e77121fb1581 The Brilliant Stars of the Winter Hexagon for 03/09/2017 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of March 12-18, 2017 </p> <p>Spring is about to spring here in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere. First we start (at least in most of the U.S.) with a change of time from standard time to daylight saving time on Sunday, March 12, followed just eight days later by the official onset of spring. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 09, 2017</p> 7be5b2bdf56de1d0f691a683970e3a9b Finding the Celestial Lion for 03/02/2017 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of March 5-11, 2017 </p> <p>I've spent more than three fun decades working in some of the great planetariums of our nation, and as springtime approaches each year, I always think back to those great school field trips to Philadelphia's Fels Planetarium. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 02, 2017</p> ab37410941e7b71ebc043c60c1da71ca Return of the Dippers for 02/23/2017 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of February 26-March 4, 2017 </p> <p>It's amazing how stargazing often takes me back to my childhood, when I first gazed upon the night sky with wonder. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 23, 2017</p> 1bcf95caf2897115f7c62e311a044f11 Spotting the Celestial Unicorn for 02/16/2017 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of February 19-25, 2017 </p> <p>Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look skyward and outline its stars in such a way that they can see a flying horse. And if you can, well, I'm afraid you'll need more help than I can give you. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 16, 2017</p> e477b98f20c12e3036daa9b2475c45ac Crescent Venus at Dusk for 02/09/2017 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of February 12-18, 2017 </p> <p>It was during the early years of the 17th century that the Italian astronomer Galileo turned his new optic tube skyward. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 09, 2017</p> aa947311ab1ac99f8859383004f13dc6 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse for 02/02/2017 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of February 5-11, 2017 </p> <p>If you're looking for a celestial challenge this week, you're in luck. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 02, 2017</p> 4b92577e4634cdc32c43222528196986 Mira, the Wonderful for 01/26/2017 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2017</p> <p>There will soon be an extra star in our nighttime sky. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 26, 2017</p> 9e0c5e81ee71eeaec463b33cf84201c2 A Binocular Treat for 01/19/2017 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of January 22-28, 2017 </p> <p>If you're like me, you've been marveling at the brilliant star now appearing in the western sky at dusk. You may also have noticed that it seems to be closing in on another fainter star just above it. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 19, 2017</p> 0c892d48f7fde17d0dc8ed60f436a5ae A Stunning Celestial Sparkler for 01/12/2017 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of January 15-21, 2017 </p> <p>Every year around this time, I can expect my email inbox to overflow and my phone to begin ringing. Folks who spend time outdoors during early-evening hours in mid-January frequently notice a brilliantly sparkling diamond low in the southeastern sky, one that appears to shimmer, dance and dramatically change colors. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 12, 2017</p> d94a83ea8973e4444ff89f4cc8d3c904 Well, That's a Star of a Different Color! for 01/05/2017 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Jan. 8-14, 2017 </p> <p>I've been gazing skyward for more than five decades, and in that time I've learned a few things. One is that novice stargazers have some deeply ingrained misconceptions about the heavens. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 05, 2017</p>