Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:13:44 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate c6a30ec602befb2b0bc05d0328c62965 Seeing a Stellar Nursery for 02/15/2018 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Feb. 18-24, 2018</p> <p>We are made of star stuff. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 15, 2018</p> b1aac566beebbc0d0ea895f2ecaeea93 A Stellar Romance ... Well, Sort Of for 02/08/2018 Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Feb. 11-17, 2018</p> <p>This week we observe St. Valentine's day, a time for celebrating the universal emotion of love. And nowhere is love more represented at this time of year than in the starry heavens. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 08, 2018</p> d643023a147c0fa4021f8946fd8d1d69 How Far South Can You See? for 02/01/2018 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Feb. 4-10, 2018</p> <p>Believe it or not, there remain quite a few people who still believe we live on a flat Earth. How they've managed to escape exposure to the scientific advances of the past two millennia I'll never know. Perhaps they think that these are all hoaxes perpetuated by "the guvment." I wish I had an answer. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 01, 2018</p> 52a0a28851c79f603686aa309af4a350 Stars of Springtime for 01/25/2018 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2018</p> <p>While you are watching Wednesday morning's wonderful total lunar eclipse &#8212; please check the last two weeks' columns for details &#8212; make sure you take some time to scan the rest of the sky. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 25, 2018</p> b0c176850577bde31e6655341804fe34 Shadow on the Moon for 01/18/2018 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of January 21-27, 2018</p> <p>During the early morning hours of Jan. 31, night owls and early risers will enjoy a beautiful eclipse of the moon. <p>Updated: Thu Jan 18, 2018</p> ec486fcb2e63432ca207ca1d168c92d5 Get Ready for a Total Lunar Eclipse for 01/11/2018 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of January 14-20, 2018</p> <p>Early on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 30, watch as the sun sets behind the western horizon. Then face the opposite direction and you'll soon spot the moon rising in the east. </p> <p>On that night, the moon's phase will be full, and regular readers of this column know that the full moon does everything opposite of the sun. When the sun sets in the west, the full moon rises in the east; and when the sun rises in the east, the full moon sets in the west. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 12, 2018</p> f4d8ff6f99c58ed32ecf20889ae7faca Planetary Dance at Dawn for 01/04/2018 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Jan. 7-13, 2018</p> <p>Stargazers can begin their new year with a celestial treat, but only if they're willing (and able) to rise before the sun. <span class="column--highlighted-text">This week, four planets and the moon are performing a wonderful planetary dance in the eastern sky at dawn, and if you've got binoculars or a small telescope, their performance will be even more impressive.</span> </p> <p>The sky show begins on the mornings of Jan. 6, and Jan. 7, with the planets Mars and Jupiter. Jupiter, of course, is the largest of all solar system planets, at 11 times larger than our own Earth. It appears so bright in the sky because its huge orb is composed of highly reflective clouds. Mars, by comparison, is a tiny rocky world about half the size of Earth and will appear dim by comparison. <p>Updated: Fri Jan 05, 2018</p> e57f16e840387707760946bdd6b4c748 Earth at Perihelion for 12/28/2017 Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 31, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018 </p> <p>As you gather with family and friends over the New Year's holiday to share great food and watch all the holiday bowl games on TV, ask a question that's sure to generate a fun discussion: During which season does our planet lie farthest from the sun? <p>Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017</p> 15a36e56d584d16ce6ed3219a420352c 2018: A Year of Celestial Wonder for 12/21/2017 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 24-30, 2017 </p> <p>I really enjoy the beginning of a new year. It's always brimming with hope and optimism, as well as endless lists of resolutions we swear we're going to attack but only work toward for a few days at most. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017</p> 2889bd3250814d03a657b4dca8890c29 The Mystical Northern Lights for 12/14/2017 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 17-23, 2017 </p> <p>Stand just once beneath the shimmering curtains of the northern lights &#8212; the aurora borealis &#8212; and you will never forget the experience. They are, without question, the most hauntingly beautiful and unearthly of all natural phenomena. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017</p> 3cea3d75642529a56179a2f76b684a49 Here Come the Geminids! for 12/07/2017 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 10-16, 2017 </p> <p>Ask beginning stargazers which is the most spectacular meteor shower of the year and I'm sure most will cite the Perseid shower of mid August. Is it really the best, or is their answer the result of some other factors or conditioning? My suspicion is the latter, and here's why. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017</p> 8e933389330abcfa50d47758ebb01465 What's Your Sign? for 11/30/2017 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of December 3-9, 2017 </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>Updated: Thu Nov 30, 2017</p> 191ae72ff61e279787b5b9ca67fc7c19 Big Moon A-Risin' for 11/23/2017 Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of November 26-December 2, 2017 </p> <p>Few things in nature are more stunning to watch than an immense orange full moon rising over the horizon. While this occurs every month, on Saturday, Dec. 2., it should be extra-special. Watch this amazing sight just once, however, and you'll surely ask the same question as every other moon gazer: "Why does the moon appear so large and red when it's rising?" <p>Updated: Thu Nov 23, 2017</p> e0b84e55589833989d9b207aa5626bef Finding the Elusive Planet Mercury for 11/16/2017 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of November 19-25, 2017 </p> <p>It was back in the year 1530 that the science of astronomy was turned on its ear. Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus published a book titled "De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium" ("On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres") in which he presented his theory that it was the sun, not the Earth, that was motionless &#8212; a notion that severely contradicted the revered teachings of Aristotle, the 2nd-century astronomer Ptolemy and the Catholic Church. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017</p> 1810d101808bdf3494ac0ca925c1a309 The Falling Stars of November for 11/10/2017 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of November 12-18, 2017 </p> <p>Anyone who has ever gazed into a dark night sky for longer than just a few minutes has almost certainly seen a burst of light appearing out of nowhere, and disappearing just as quickly. <p>Updated: Fri Nov 10, 2017</p> f2c4db1cd92b35c186ecd296ad17d373 The Mysterious Case of Epsilon Aurigae for 11/02/2017 Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 5-11, 2017 </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 they often don't even have an eyewitness. Instead, they must work backward from their own observations and measurements &#8212; using such tools as physics, chemistry and biology &#8212; to logically reconstruct what must have happened and produce the evidence as it now appears. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017</p> 07371426c6a1dfe7fa07fd360cf9e3a4 The Demon Star for 10/26/2017 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 29-November 4, 2017 </p> <p>Ghosts and goblins will be out in force as Halloween arrives this week, and in the heavens, a Demon Star will be diabolically shining. Its name is Algol. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 26, 2017</p> 10af5f95cf4488bc2a3ea40680298bc6 A Cosmic Soap Opera for 10/19/2017 Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 22-28, 2017 </p> <p>Did you ever wonder what folks did for entertainment before they had TV and Facebook? Well, before TV and the internet, there was radio. And before radio &#8212; long before &#8212; there was ... well ... the sky. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 19, 2017</p> 035b7d8beb673d627106a8de7e3bd641 Finding the Sixth Planet for 10/12/2017 Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 15-21, 2017 </p> <p>From the beginning of time till the year 1781, only five planets were known to wander the heavens. Then everything changed. The astronomical community was stunned when musical composer and amateur astronomer William Herschel announced his discovery of a new planet. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 12, 2017</p> 4d293076ce87b79dcc048f8568e6a076 Are We Alone? for 10/05/2017 Thu, 05 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 8-14, 2017 </p> <p>Who among us has never gazed into a starry night sky and wondered, "Are we alone in the universe?" With the hundreds of billions of stars in just our own Milky Way galaxy &#8212; many similar to our own sun &#8212; is it not possible that, orbiting nearby, there are planets and, at least on some of them, life? <p>Updated: Thu Oct 05, 2017</p>