Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 24 Jun 2019 06:04:48 -0700 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 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> 3f64e5b1751edd08118038b78a599664 Seeing in The Dark for 03/28/2019 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 31-April 6, 2019</p> <p>Anyone who has ever spent time under a dark night sky knows how challenging it can be to find some of the sights I suggest in this column. Experienced stargazers have little trouble with this because they use some clever tricks of the trade to maximize the power of their eyes: Sometimes, they forget that most people aren't accustomed to seeing in the dark. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 28, 2019</p> 3f7030d12d923f51264a12782c7a6037 Our Dusty Solar System for 03/21/2019 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 24-30, 2019</p> <p>One of my least favorite household chores is dusting. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 21, 2019</p> 15c87f1591249e3593cf4ce54442cfb7 Spring is Coming! for 03/14/2019 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 17-23, 2019</p> <p>Spring is about to ... well, spring! At least in the Earth's Northern Hemisphere anyway.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 14, 2019</p> 40268537f0c3eceb9b075e3f70196903 A Rivalry of Cosmic Proportions for 03/07/2019 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">A Rivalry of Cosmic Proportions</span><br></p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Mar 07, 2019</p> f78a60ce6361b862790d615589a687dc Find the North Star for 02/28/2019 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of March 3-9, 2019</p> <p>One of the most common questions I hear under the night sky is "How do I find the North Star?" <p>Updated: Thu Feb 28, 2019</p> 39f491ed21b5e20d33f72ea3505f6783 Follow the Celestial River for 02/21/2019 Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Feb. 24-March 2, 2019</p> <p>Gaze skyward on cold winter evenings and you'll find it hard to ignore Orion the hunter, standing stoically in the south. Even those of us who just accidentally glance upward as we race from our cars to our nice warm homes almost instantly notice the four bright stars that outline a rectangle and the three more that trace a straight line in its center. </p> <p>While Orion unquestionably represents the season's most attention-grabbing star grouping, it's not the only constellation in that area of the sky. In fact, one of the longest of all constellations begins near the foot of the great hunter. Its name is Eridanus, the river. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 21, 2019</p> 424e3bb234f993e102bc2d0f3db81ae4 Get Ready for Yet Another 'Supermoon' for 02/14/2019 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Feb. 17-23, 2019</p> <p>If the full moon appears especially large when it rises over the horizon around sunset on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 19, that's because ... well ... it is. </p> <p>Regular readers of this column know about the optical illusion that causes the rising moon to appear immense. It's called the moon illusion, and it occurs because the landscape behind which the moon rises tricks the brain into thinking the moon is larger than it really is. Look at the rising moon through a loose fist or cardboard tube that blocks that landscape from view and the moon seems to shrink back to a normal size. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 14, 2019</p> 3cb65c24395dd04d75085be80d6c9a91 Measure Heights With Shadows for 02/07/2019 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Feb. 10-16, 2019</p> <p>Though much of the Northern Hemisphere remains quite cold and snowy, spring is definitely on its way. In fact, you've probably noticed that the sun climbs higher in our midday sky and our daytime hours are already becoming significantly longer. </p> <p>Keep an eye out and you'll find that the sun will continue its daily climb until the first day of summer, when day will be longest, and will stand quite high above the southern horizon at noon. From that day forward, the sun will begin its six-month descent, reaching its lowest elevation of the year once again on the first day of winter. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 07, 2019</p>