Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 25 Jan 2020 08:41:52 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate bbcb67fcdebb645bdc70972af7afe2a4 A Faded Star for 01/23/2020 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Jan. 26 - Feb. 1, 2020</p> <p>If you've been stargazing at all recently, you may have noticed the great constellation Orion hovering in the southeastern sky after dark, with its rectangular form and three central stars in a nearly straight line. You may also have noticed something a bit odd about it &#8212; but you can't quite say what it is. </p> <p>Back in the fall, when I first saw Orion after six months of it being below the horizon, I noticed it, too. The star at its northeasternmost corner &#8212; Betelgeuse &#8212; seemed much fainter than I remembered it. It still is. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 23, 2020</p> 667235b4971e17721d55cef75b26b42d Mars and Its Rival for 01/16/2020 Thu, 16 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Jan. 19-25, 2020</p> <p>If you're like most folks, you don't like to rise before the sun to head out into the cold winter air and gaze skyward. But this week, you must, for a historically significant sight is waiting there for you to enjoy. </p> <p>As dawn is breaking this week, take a look low toward the southeastern sky. There you will see two fairly bright reddish-orange "stars." One &#8212; the fainter of the two &#8212; is the planet Mars. The brighter is the star Antares. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 16, 2020</p> d64776f5e968cd062729a0981e8610b8 The Celestial Giraffe for 01/09/2020 Thu, 09 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of January 12-18, 2020</p> <p>Every week, I try to present a feature of the night sky that's fairly easy for stargazers to spot; sure it might take a little effort, but there's nothing wrong with that. So this week, I thought I'd offer you a bit more of a challenge. </p> <p>Just after dark this week, there's a group of stars in the northern sky that I'll bet you've never seen. In fact, it's a star grouping that many experienced stargazers have neither seen, nor even heard of. Its name is Camelopardalis, and it has to rank right up there with the most obscure constellations in all the heavens. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 09, 2020</p> 1ab3a4c2921d8da640854819b0f6cfce Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star ... for 01/02/2020 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Jan. 5-11, 2020</p> <p>It began as a five-verse poem called "The Star" that appeared in the 1806 publication "Rhymes for the Nursery." More than three decades later, this poem by Ann and Jane Taylor was set to music &#8212; a 1761 French folk tune that, coincidentally, seemed to fit perfectly: <p>Updated: Thu Jan 02, 2020</p> a570646cf054af7f1a7b1e494fdf9a3d The First Meteor Shower of 2020 for 12/26/2019 Thu, 26 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Dec. 29, 2019 - Jan. 4, 2020</p> <p>If you missed the spectacular Geminid meteor shower of mid-December &#8212; and many of us did because of bright moonlight &#8212; you've got another chance. Not with the Geminids, of course &#8212; they won't return until next December &#8212; but with the Quadrantid shower, which peaks on the morning of Jan. 4, 2020. </p> <p>Never heard of it? I'm not surprised; few beginning stargazers have. By anyone's definition, the Quadrantids is an unusual meteor shower. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 26, 2019</p> 62dd4c99767302be8969ffcf7bc8e4c2 Moon and Venus at Dusk for 12/19/2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 22-28, 2019</p> <p>If you haven't yet checked out Venus glistening low in the southwestern sky at dusk, now would be a great time to do so. Many people might have missed seeing it there because of low-lying clouds or mountains blocking the view, but with late December upon us, it's now beginning to climb higher in our sky as it rounds the sun. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 19, 2019</p> 0d4a39f9e5dc2566b0fa84f2e36d88ca The Winter Solstice for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 15-21, 2019</p> <p>One of my favorite days of the year is right around the corner. Christmas? New Year's Eve? Valentine's Day? <p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> ef9083bdd681593e953f2b3a97f7257c Viewing the Moonlit Geminid Meteors for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Dec. 8-14, 2019</p> <p>It's December, and with it comes colder temperatures throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and, in the sky, the most prolific meteor shower of the year: the Geminids. </p> <p>Never heard of it? Well, that's not a huge surprise. If you ask beginning stargazers which is the most spectacular meteor shower of the year, I'll bet that many will cite the Perseid meteor shower in mid-August. I suspect that most would be surprised to learn that the Geminids are often brighter and more plentiful than the Perseids. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 56050554fee514582533dc0579e4ff7d What's Your Sign? for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Dec.1-7, 2019</p> <p>Anyone frequenting singles bars back in the 1970s or '80s has surely heard the question: What's your sign? And while most of us can recite the answer quickly, the truth is that few people know what it actually means. </p> <p>It's really quite simple. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> b28c7c6f109da79a8240d85b86870e88 Planetary Dance at Dusk for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 24-30, 2019</p> <p>You may have noticed two bright "stars" shining in the southwestern sky at dusk and appearing much closer to one another from night to night. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 337879ea845766b7bceb93e9ee1f5390 The Mysterious Case of Epsilon Aurigae for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 17-23, 2019</p> <p>Ever since I was a youngster, I've been fascinated by how crime scene investigators can reconstruct a crime with such amazing accuracy from relatively scant evidence. They don't have the luxury of watching the crime occur and often don't even have an eyewitness. Instead, they must work backward from their own later observations and measurements &#8212; using tools such as physics, chemistry and biology &#8212; to reconstruct logically what must have occurred to produce the evidence as it now appears. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 83a2952083608705393381709d58cbe8 A Backyard Time Machine for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 10-16, 2019</p> <p>Nothing in the heavens appears as it is. It really is quite an illusion we experience nightly. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> e442e75a1555d2ac5e4e649cb44e1be6 A Rare Transit of Mercury for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 3-9, 2019</p> <p>On Monday, Nov. 11, skywatchers throughout the U.S. and much of the Western Hemisphere will have a chance to see the elusive planet Mercury in broad daylight. This is not because it will shine so brilliantly; instead, it will appear completely black! <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> d793b07d1585abb921aba2d1ee4f86cc A Celestial Halloween for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2019</p> <p>"Trick or treat!" <p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 7ff18e9606d8c90add55e4278942c5d3 Find the Seventh Planet for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 20-26, 2019</p> <p>Last week, we checked out the brightest object in the nighttime sky &#8212; the moon &#8212; which is about as easy as it gets. This week, my challenge to you is much tougher: finding the seventh planet of our solar system. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 973cd8ad178d8705335cc258f713dea8 From Minimoon to Supermoon for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 13-19, 2019</p> <p>Several times a year, we hear big news about the supermoon &#8212; when the full moon appears largest in our sky.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> 61875f68b0bf5d55426800067f01ab72 An 'All-Star' Baseball Game for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 6-12, 2019</p> <p>I remember as a kid sitting in the front room next to our small black and white Motorola television set as my dad introduced me to many of the comedy teams of his day. What a treat it was to share laughter with him over classic acts such as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, the Bowery Boys and many others. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> dd68f88ee897a9cc0d218233da0cdb73 Journey from Andromeda for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019</p> <p>A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a beam of light began its journey across the cosmos.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> f3a4c52dc0742f6afb2815028f133bad The Smallest Constellations for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 22-28, 2019</p> <p>Not all constellations are created equally. Few things illustrate this better than facing east and then casting your gaze straight overhead this week after dark. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 95d40ecf1fa9b55c9952edcbfda4a31c The Queen and the Lizard for 09/12/2019