Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 21 Aug 2019 03:34:08 -0700 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate e6c8e0e085aff915b4f23e3e9b56a6ee How Bright Are the Stars? for 08/15/2019 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 18-24, 2019</p> <p>Open any book or magazine about astronomy and you're likely to encounter the word "magnitude." Much as with natural phenomena such as earthquakes or tornadoes, the term refers to intensity. In astronomy, "magnitude" measures a star's brightness, but this is a concept that mystifies many beginning stargazers. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 15, 2019</p> ce5777a8ae583f933ba190314dffbe33 Little Big Moon for 08/08/2019 Thu, 08 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 11-17, 2019</p> <p>One of the most beautiful sights in nature is a massive, full moon rising over the eastern horizon. This is a treat everyone should experience at least once, and when you do, you'll surely ask the same question as every other moon gazer: "Why does the moon appear large when it's rising and smaller when it's overhead?"<p>Updated: Thu Aug 08, 2019</p> 9a302d36465a235616ed45aa99ac83c8 How Far Are the Stars? for 08/01/2019 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 4-10, 2019</p> <p>Guests on my popular Borrego Night Sky Tours quickly become accustomed to hearing large numbers. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 01, 2019</p> 1b15fc4b0720c4c9db0c566a7a90d76d Counting Stars for 07/25/2019 Thu, 25 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 28-Aug. 3, 2019</p> <p>Whenever I'm out presenting a sky tour on a clear dark night, I often ask my audience how many stars they can see. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 25, 2019</p> 146dd9be9da998bba88cd08ca2553f38 The Great Summer Triangle for 07/18/2019 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 21-27, 2019</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Now that we in the Northern Hemisphere are firmly rooted in summertime, we can see high in the eastern sky after dark one of the most famous star groupings of the season.</span> Stargazers know it as the "Summer Triangle" because ... well, its stars form a huge, prominent, bright triangle that appears in the summer. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 18, 2019</p> bf9cf1035e0fc5a1ea4fb2eddec7ee88 Man on the Moon for 07/11/2019 Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 14-20, 2019</p> <p>It occurred 50 years ago this week. Nearly everyone alive at the time remembers where they were and what they were doing. <p>Updated: Thu Jul 11, 2019</p> e20a014b3f571bfc2a3eb879a0297fe6 Saturn: Lord of the Rings for 07/04/2019 Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 7-13, 2019</p> <p>It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so if I were to ask which is the most beautiful of all the planets, I would expect a variety of answers.<p>Updated: Thu Jul 04, 2019</p> 96e1ae659be48f4ae66934e33c3f062a Earth at Aphelion for 06/27/2019 Thu, 27 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 30-July 6, 2019</p> <p>While you're enjoying the pool and soaking up some rays this summer, try this fun experiment. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 27, 2019</p> 3679bc9c8095d697a0e5780ab17ff858 Catching the Elusive Planet Mercury for 06/20/2019 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 23-29, 2019</p> <p>Mercury is one of those planets we rarely see.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 20, 2019</p> 35901f1183383d788e9916a0a8571a63 Spring Turns to Summer for 06/13/2019 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 16-22, 2019</p> <p>A change of seasons is coming in just a few days. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 13, 2019</p> 856dfcc5eb9bf53a947da074d0032f1d By Jove, Jupiter Is Back! for 06/06/2019 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 9-15, 2019</p> <p>I've missed Jupiter.<p>Updated: Thu Jun 06, 2019</p> a045942daa2ea60056ee865e3c40262d My Longtime Celestial Friend for 05/30/2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 2-8, 2019</p> <p>Summer is on its way to Earth's Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes a changing canopy of stars that always transports me back to childhood. <p>Updated: Thu May 30, 2019</p> be17476d5a2ea5d540186b3b43727e2c See the Dwarf Planet Ceres for 05/23/2019 Thu, 23 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 26-June 1, 2019</p> <p>It was on the first day of the 19th century that the Italian priest, mathematician and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi found a strange object in the sky that no one had ever seen before &#8212; an "intruder" among the familiar stars of the constellation Taurus, the bull. After waiting several nights, he returned to the telescope and found that the object had moved. <p>Updated: Thu May 23, 2019</p> 8b3f8c76f691103d1d6ea34471bcf27e Make Friends with Vega for 05/16/2019 Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 19-25, 2019</p> <p>Over my 40-year-plus career, I've read a lot of astronomy books. You may be surprised to learn that one of my favorites isn't technically a book about astronomy but rather the inspirational and romantic autobiography of the late amateur astronomer and comet-discoverer extraordinaire Leslie Peltier. <p>Updated: Thu May 16, 2019</p> 9a7ae396a8c6d4f22280a8e3d8bb1a35 Our Changing Big Dipper for 05/09/2019 Thu, 09 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 12-18, 2019</p> <p>Like you, I've lived and worked on this planet for many years and, in that time, I've learned a valuable lesson: Whatever is temporary is permanent, and whatever is permanent is temporary.<p>Updated: Thu May 09, 2019</p> e5afe852dd31cb5a0351556c59f821a1 La Superba After Dark for 05/02/2019 Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 5-11, 2019</p> <p>Beginning stargazers are often disappointed because they cannot see the glorious colors that appear in celestial photographs taken by massive telescopes. Experienced sky watchers know that this is because the human eye's color receptors (the cones) do not function well under faint light. Anyone who has ever sat in a dark room has experienced this phenomenon. <p>Updated: Thu May 02, 2019</p> 17cb3b14910a882746a4cceec2b62c16 Seeing Halley's Comet (Well, Sort of) for 04/25/2019 Thu, 25 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 28-May 4, 2019</p> <p>Do you remember seeing Halley's Comet &#8212; the most famous of all celestial nomads &#8212; when it swung through our inner solar system in 1986? If you saw it, and even if you didn't, you'll have to wait until July of 2061 to see it when it comes back.<p>Updated: Thu Apr 25, 2019</p> 8b0cac2c8d7c27c3764291dfa67e60a7 Queen Berenice's Hair for 04/18/2019 Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 21-27, 2019</p> <p>Modern astronomers recognize 88 constellations in the heavens. These cover the entire sky &#8212; from pole to pole &#8212; and represent animals, objects and even people of mythological origin. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 18, 2019</p> 134be075f2a686b57d0241b39f9453ca Does the Moon Rotate or Doesn't It? for 04/11/2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 14-20, 2019</p> <p>Another month has passed, and another full moon shines in our sky this week. This one occurs on Friday, April 19, when we'll see our nearest cosmic neighbor rise in the eastern sky shortly after sunset. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 11, 2019</p> 55690a36bdf1d0e3b5edda8a23f3269b Watching Earth-Orbiting Satellites for 04/04/2019 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 7-13, 2019</p> <p>One of my favorite springtime activities is to watch satellites pass across the early evening sky. I'm sure you've seen them, too: It's hard to miss them with so many orbiting our planet these days. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 04, 2019</p>