Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:08:51 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 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> afe1cd1397c617e776f6126f99ae595e The First Meteor Shower of 2017 for 12/29/2016 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Jan. 1, 2017 </p> <p>If you missed the Geminid meteor shower of mid-December (and most of us did because of bright moonlight), 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. 3, 2017. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 29, 2016</p> 595637f45e28d28424f026907aa7ba75 How Bright Are the Stars? for 12/22/2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 25-31, 2016 </p> <p>Talk to any astronomer and you're likely to hear the word "magnitude." In astronomy, magnitude refers to intensity, just as it does with regard to natural phenomena, such as earthquakes or tornadoes. Magnitude measures a star's brightness. This concept mystifies many beginner stargazers. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 22, 2016</p> 4ad39ccbae2d81f42d2a16fac5a83ecf A Change of Seasons for 12/15/2016 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of December 18-24, 2016 </p> <p>Nights are growing longer. Snow is blanketing much of the land. And furnaces are working overtime. There's definitely a change of seasons coming our way. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">It's surprising how many folks don't really understand why seasons even exist. </span>Many believe that wintertime occurs because our planet lies farthest from the sun at that time and our temperatures are lower as a result. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 16, 2016</p> d114437641c85d12e89c23a95ef028d9 Viewing the Moonlit Geminid Meteors for 12/08/2016 Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 11-17, 2016 </p> <p>It's December, and with it comes colder temperatures throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and the most prolific meteor shower of the year: the Geminid. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 08, 2016</p> a7a43058c400c6c67c685434d209e3a8 Spotting the Seven Sisters for 12/01/2016 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 4-10, 2016 </p> <p>One of the wonderful features of the nighttime sky is its timelessness. Want to see the stars as viewed by sky watchers of old? Simply step outdoors and look up.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 01, 2016</p> dfcb066ece8e4b86012737dd0144cbaf Buying Your First Telescope for 11/24/2016 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of November 27-December 3, 2016 </p> <p>Well, it's that time of year again. The holidays are barreling toward us like an out-of-control sleigh. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 24, 2016</p> 5653d7453a93a79fbf2726543c42d64e As the World Turns for 11/17/2016 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of November 20-26, 2016 </p> <p>We've all had those days when nothing seems to move. No matter where we are &#8212; the highway, the line at the grocery store or the ATM machine &#8212; everything is at a standstill. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 17, 2016</p> c6c396cd299dadc037574fea6b1f4a73 Here Comes the Super Moon! for 11/10/2016 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 13-19, 2016 </p> <p>Imagine that you stopped at your favorite Italian restaurant and ordered a 14-inch pizza. Now, suppose they brought you a 16-inch pizza by mistake. Think you would notice the difference immediately? If so, would you call the larger one a "super" pizza? <p>Updated: Thu Nov 10, 2016</p> d77b859b4327e1a7ede2b551cdac86f6 Count the Stars for 11/03/2016 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of November 6-12, 2016</p> <p>How many stars are there in the universe? No one knows, of course, but Dr. Carl Sagan, on his popular 1980s television mini-series "Cosmos," said that there are "more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth." <p>Updated: Thu Nov 03, 2016</p> 0273c3cf18d7f5edd6d2b5016c250bda A Celestial Halloween for 10/27/2016 Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 30-November 5, 2016</p> <p>Ghosts and goblins and ghouls, oh, my! <p>Updated: Thu Oct 27, 2016</p> 5eade424da311e3d26830b4acefb44a3 A Truly All-Star Baseball Game for 10/20/2016 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 23-29, 2016</p> <p>I remember being a kid and sitting in the front room of my house 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 such classic acts as Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, The Bowery Boys and others. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 20, 2016</p> 1fe7d645211dea26a2e06899e92a3591 See the Dwarf Planet Ceres for 10/13/2016 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 16-22, 2016</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 Oct 13, 2016</p>