Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:25:14 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 7cdab8838d8e8b160781b02d3d6c6701 Which Astronomy Books Are Best? for 12/13/2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 16-22, 2018</p> <p>One of the most common questions I get around the holiday gift-giving season is this: "Which is the best book to buy for someone just getting started in stargazing?" <p>Updated: Thu Dec 13, 2018</p> f3cc77a390d78b936556dd2810e2e865 A Comet Cometh for 12/06/2018 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 9-15, 2018</p> <p>Not many know the name Carl Alvar Wirtanen, but in December many stargazers will be saying it. On Jan. 15, 1948, he discovered a faint comet that has become bright enough to see with binoculars &#8212; and maybe even bright enough to see with the unaided eye this month.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p> 951d41c10e01c25a2345cc4cdd4fe7a4 The Falling Stars of December for 11/29/2018 Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 2-8, 2018</p> <p>They can rain from the sky like fire, and we call them shooting or falling stars. Astronomers know them as meteors, and if you've never seen one, mid-December will be a great time to get out to a dark location and peer skyward. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 29, 2018</p> 6edb8e9f67586b100f621ed08508e83c Buying Your First Telescope for 11/22/2018 Thu, 22 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>Week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 2018<p>Updated: Thu Nov 22, 2018</p> a5aad6c56220f622ab3e91c93b31d0bf Listen to the Moon for 11/15/2018 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 18-24, 2018</p> <p>There's an old joke that astronomers love to tell. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 15, 2018</p> d3198e2694647b521fe0cdafe1d85ba3 Star Names for 11/08/2018 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 11-17, 2018</p> <p>With the holiday season barreling toward us like an out-of-control sleigh, you've probably been hearing and seeing ads about having a star named after someone special. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> cd4ae941e42a6dbc9d0786ffdb14c76f What Time Is It? for 11/01/2018 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 4-10, 2018</p> <p>Here we are at that magical time of year when I encounter a surprising number of folks believe that we "lose an hour" by resetting our clocks from "daylight saving" or "summer" time back to "standard" time. It's a ritual many of us go through twice a year, but trust me, folks: It doesn't change the length of our day by even one second. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 08, 2018</p> a3906ce18108fbce6609a969ce382830 A Martian Halloween for 10/25/2018 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3, 2018</p> <p>It was Halloween eve in 1938. Millions of war-jittery Americans listened as special news bulletins reported that the tiny town of Grover's Mill, New Jersey, had been captured by invaders from Mars. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 25, 2018</p> 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>