Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 21 Oct 2018 19:46:40 -0700 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate f152d2465d4f817721501dc776c5dabc First Man for 10/18/2018 Thu, 18 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 21-27, 2018</p> <p>I haven't yet seen the new film "First Man" about Neil Armstrong's remarkable journey to the moon, but I'm looking forward to doing so soon. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 18, 2018</p> dfe7519799e71ac7dde1702966cee1a2 Seeing the Sun at Night (Well, Sort of) for 10/11/2018 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 14-20, 2018</p> <p>The stars we see at night are like the sun, astronomers tell us. But just how true is that? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 11, 2018</p> fb219f350cc35294f2b6c9caa544ed28 Seeing Double in Perseus for 10/04/2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 7-13, 2018</p> <p>We astronomers call them "faint fuzzies," and if you have a good dark sky away from city light pollution, you'll soon find that they're sprinkled all over the heavens. This odd moniker originates from the appearance of the objects: faint, fuzzy smudges to which most beginning stargazers pay little attention. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 04, 2018</p> 78e82addceb07f9f44105108cb01ac94 Watching Night Rise for 09/27/2018 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2018</p> <p>I've always felt that we learn best when something intrigues us enough to raise a question. If we're curious and dedicated enough to follow through on what we've experienced, we will most likely make a wonderful discovery. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 27, 2018</p> c02101a135ce74da254fd11b8cef28b8 Harvest Moon for 09/20/2018 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 23-29, 2018</p> <p>When the full moon rises around sunset on Monday, Sept. 24, many will be watching. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 20, 2018</p> 1b5276e1b5a7ba121c39cb5fa150c7bb A Change of Seasons for 09/13/2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 16-22, 2018 </p> <p>Around this time of year, I've had just about enough of summertime. Granted, the deserts of Southern California I call home didn't become as brutally hot as I remember in previous years, but still &#8212; enough is enough. So, when I realize that autumn is approaching, well, that's just fine and dandy with me! <p>Updated: Thu Sep 13, 2018</p> 38aa680594eddcea781fbbdf19fddc50 Seeing a Cosmic Yardstick for 09/06/2018 Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of September 10-16, 2018</p> <p>Can you tell how far the stars are just by looking up at the night sky? You could if all stars were identical. Then, if star A appeared four times dimmer than star B, it would have to be twice as distant; if it appeared nine times fainter, it would lie three times farther, and so on. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> a098c52c1b475afefaef343b3e30d3b5 A Comet Worth Seeking for 08/30/2018 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of September 2-9, 2018</p> <p>It's been quite a while since we've seen a bright comet in our skies. Many stargazers remember the show put on by Comet Hale-Bopp 21 years ago, but there have been several other good ones since.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 30, 2018</p> 8bc7c4d4152e04fbbea6a78bf69bc365 A String of Planetary Pearls for 08/23/2018 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2018</p> <p>Stargazers who have been out during early evenings over the past month or so may have noticed a stunning sight in our sky, though one that doesn't call great attention to itself. Not long after dusk we can see a beautiful string of planetary pearls, but one of the coolest sights is completely invisible. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 23, 2018</p> 6e3cec2ade15e0c508442a9f59fb7c81 Finding Mercury at Dawn for 08/16/2018 Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 19-25, 2018</p> <p>For the past month or so, four of the five naked-eye planets have been beautifully stretched out across our evening sky: Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury, however, has been noticeably absent. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 16, 2018</p> 8953b67451b1249a05af1c0498e94e63 A Stellar Chinese Valentine's Day for 08/09/2018 Thu, 09 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of Aug. 12-18, 2018</p> <p>There's a wonderful Chinese story that tells of two lovers, a poor, orphaned cowherd and a young, beautiful weaving maiden who was the seventh daughter of the Emperor of Heaven. The two were separated and banished to the skies. The young maiden settled at the star Vega, and the cowherd at the star Altair, forever separated by the band of the Milky Way. </p> <p>When the magpies heard this sad tale, they decided to get together to form a bridge across the Milky Way, represented by the star Deneb, so the two lovers could reunite for one day each summer. That day &#8212; the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar &#8212; is now known as Chinese Valentine's Day, and this year it occurs on Friday, Aug. 17.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 09, 2018</p> a6423ca2b527e288258157718c82a3e2 The Perseids Are Coming! for 08/02/2018 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 5-11, 2018</p> <p>August has arrived, and I'm one happy guy! One reason is that I can finally see an end coming to the searing desert heat where I live. For another, the night sky is particularly generous with its offerings. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 02, 2018</p> 8731b664aa6f4b2521b65b0561835705 Teapot and the Milky Way for 07/26/2018 Thu, 26 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 29-Aug. 4, 2018</p> <p>Nothing in the heavens says summertime to Northern Hemisphere sky watchers quite like the constellation Sagittarius. On late July and early August evenings, we can find this prominent star grouping low in our south-southeastern sky just after dark. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 26, 2018</p> 60b437e5c7a8c7fe622c067ccfa7fb57 Encounter With the Red Planet for 07/19/2018 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 22-28, 2018</p> <p>While in college during the early 1970s, I worked one summer as a counselor in a Pennsylvania children's home. One of my favorite residents there was a rather burly streetwise kid named Rufus. Rufus taught me to play pool, and I taught him about space. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 19, 2018</p> 0af6ab4a0aa9de375a69aedd48403273 The Stellar Dolphin for 07/12/2018 Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 15-21, 2018</p> <p>One of the tiniest constellations in all the heavens now appears. As small and faint as it is, it's not all that difficult to locate, and it's one that I love to share with the public during my stargazing programs. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 12, 2018</p> c854b41e6fae1ce7052ea6440cd77ec7 Find the Stellar Coat Hanger for 07/05/2018 Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 8-14, 2018</p> <p>As many of us stargazers in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere are sweltering under brutal summertime temperatures, it's hard to imagine that cooler weather will ever arrive. This is especially true here at my desert home in Borrego Springs, California, where I can expect daytime highs to hover above or near 110 degrees F for a couple more months. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 05, 2018</p> e228972f496728bba62a676f2b0cb74e As the Earth Wobbles for 06/28/2018 Thu, 28 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of July 1-7, 2018</p> <p>Of all the stars in the heavens, one appears to stand firmly in place. It's not the brightest of all stars, as many people sometimes believe; in fact, you may even have trouble finding it under the light pollution of a large city. But it's always there, in the same position no matter what time of night or which season of the year you happen to glance skyward. It marks the north celestial pole, the spot toward which our planet's rotational axis points. </p> <p>Its name is Polaris, more commonly known as the North Star. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 28, 2018</p> d34843ab6e5069a1f181582ccca045e2 The Ringed Planet at Its Finest! for 06/21/2018 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 24-30, 2018</p> <p>The man who flew a kite in a lightning storm so that we might one day have electricity and penned such poignant words as "in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes," the great 18th-century political philosopher, statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin, also had a profound interest in astronomy. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 21, 2018</p> fc7891791134154ff8f6b10d0d5876cd Analemma and the Solstices for 06/14/2018 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 17-23, 2018</p> <p>I'm always impressed by my readers' attention to details. It frequently shows up around this time of year with some great questions. For example: "If the first day of the Northern Hemisphere summer (this year the solstice occurs on June 21 at 6:07 a.m. EDT &#8212; 3:07 A.M. PDT) is supposed to be the longest day of the year, why aren't its sunrise and sunset times the earliest and latest of the year?" And here's another: "Why doesn't the sun appear due south at noon every day like my school books said it should?" <p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 8a5f523c6f9dee2f1684021b422a27fd A Beautiful Sight at Dusk for 06/07/2018 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 10-16, 2018</p> <p>Have you been watching the remarkable jewel sparkling in the western sky after sunset? Some may have missed it because of thick clouds or mountains blocking the view, but as June progresses you'll see it climbing higher in the sky from night to night as it rounds the sun in our direction. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p>