Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Wed, 11 Dec 2019 23:58:12 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 0d4a39f9e5dc2566b0fa84f2e36d88ca The Winter Solstice for 12/12/2019 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Dec. 15-21, 2019</p> <p>One of my favorite days of the year is right around the corner. Christmas? New Year's Eve? Valentine's Day? <p>Updated: Thu Dec 12, 2019</p> ef9083bdd681593e953f2b3a97f7257c Viewing the Moonlit Geminid Meteors for 12/05/2019 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Dec. 8-14, 2019</p> <p>It's December, and with it comes colder temperatures throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere and, in the sky, the most prolific meteor shower of the year: the Geminids. </p> <p>Never heard of it? Well, that's not a huge surprise. If you ask beginning stargazers which is the most spectacular meteor shower of the year, I'll bet that many will cite the Perseid meteor shower in mid-August. I suspect that most would be surprised to learn that the Geminids are often brighter and more plentiful than the Perseids. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 05, 2019</p> 56050554fee514582533dc0579e4ff7d What's Your Sign? for 11/28/2019 Thu, 28 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Week of Dec.1-7, 2019</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> <p>It's really quite simple. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 28, 2019</p> b28c7c6f109da79a8240d85b86870e88 Planetary Dance at Dusk for 11/21/2019 Thu, 21 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 24-30, 2019</p> <p>You may have noticed two bright "stars" shining in the southwestern sky at dusk and appearing much closer to one another from night to night. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 21, 2019</p> 337879ea845766b7bceb93e9ee1f5390 The Mysterious Case of Epsilon Aurigae for 11/14/2019 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 17-23, 2019</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 often don't even have an eyewitness. Instead, they must work backward from their own later observations and measurements &#8212; using tools such as physics, chemistry and biology &#8212; to reconstruct logically what must have occurred to produce the evidence as it now appears. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 14, 2019</p> 83a2952083608705393381709d58cbe8 A Backyard Time Machine for 11/07/2019 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 10-16, 2019</p> <p>Nothing in the heavens appears as it is. It really is quite an illusion we experience nightly. <p>Updated: Thu Nov 07, 2019</p> e442e75a1555d2ac5e4e649cb44e1be6 A Rare Transit of Mercury for 10/31/2019 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Nov. 3-9, 2019</p> <p>On Monday, Nov. 11, skywatchers throughout the U.S. and much of the Western Hemisphere will have a chance to see the elusive planet Mercury in broad daylight. This is not because it will shine so brilliantly; instead, it will appear completely black! <p>Updated: Thu Oct 31, 2019</p> d793b07d1585abb921aba2d1ee4f86cc A Celestial Halloween for 10/24/2019 Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2019</p> <p>"Trick or treat!" <p>Updated: Thu Oct 24, 2019</p> 7ff18e9606d8c90add55e4278942c5d3 Find the Seventh Planet for 10/17/2019 Thu, 17 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 20-26, 2019</p> <p>Last week, we checked out the brightest object in the nighttime sky &#8212; the moon &#8212; which is about as easy as it gets. This week, my challenge to you is much tougher: finding the seventh planet of our solar system. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 17, 2019</p> 973cd8ad178d8705335cc258f713dea8 From Minimoon to Supermoon for 10/10/2019 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 13-19, 2019</p> <p>Several times a year, we hear big news about the supermoon &#8212; when the full moon appears largest in our sky.<p>Updated: Thu Oct 10, 2019</p> 61875f68b0bf5d55426800067f01ab72 An 'All-Star' Baseball Game for 10/03/2019 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Oct. 6-12, 2019</p> <p>I remember as a kid sitting in the front room 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 classic acts such as Laurel and Hardy, Our Gang, the Bowery Boys and many others. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 03, 2019</p> dd68f88ee897a9cc0d218233da0cdb73 Journey from Andromeda for 09/26/2019 Thu, 26 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2019</p> <p>A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a beam of light began its journey across the cosmos.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 26, 2019</p> f3a4c52dc0742f6afb2815028f133bad The Smallest Constellations for 09/19/2019 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 22-28, 2019</p> <p>Not all constellations are created equally. Few things illustrate this better than facing east and then casting your gaze straight overhead this week after dark. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 19, 2019</p> 95d40ecf1fa9b55c9952edcbfda4a31c The Queen and the Lizard for 09/12/2019 Thu, 12 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 15-21, 2019</p> <p>When leading my popular Borrego Night Sky Tours, I frequently encounter stargazers who are frustrated that they cannot easily see the constellations. So many have been led to believe that ancient sky watchers somehow saw lavish pictures in the sky, and they wonder, "Why can't I?" <p>Updated: Thu Sep 12, 2019</p> 786e34119b8bda39c690910775ca086b As the World Turns for 09/05/2019 Thu, 05 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Sept. 8-14, 2019</p> <p>We've all had those days where nothing seems to move. No matter where you go &#8212; highways, lines at the grocery store or the ATM machine &#8212; everything is at a standstill. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 05, 2019</p> 30e3970a83f2d49e512c824229f9a228 Sneak a Peek at the Winter Sky! for 08/29/2019 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of Sept. 1-7, 2019</p> <p>I don't know about you folks, but I've had about enough of this blistering summer heat, and I'm thrilled to know that cooler temperatures aren't far off. Before you know it, many of us will be whining about the cold and the snow and wishing for the return of summer! </p> <p>While such frigid conditions are hard to imagine this time of year &#8212; after all, the start of our Northern Hemisphere winter is still officially more than three months away &#8212; we can get a sneak preview of that season by gazing skyward. Early-morning risers can now see the glistening stars of wintertime by heading outdoors shortly before dawn. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 29, 2019</p> 29314b1c57d1a2809314322673c76b46 A Colorful Stellar Pair for 08/22/2019 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of Aug. 25-31, 2019</p> <p>Summer is a wonderful time for stargazing. Not only is the nighttime weather usually pleasant, but the sky offers some remarkable sights &#8212; most notably, the gossamer arch of the Milky Way. It's a time you'll often find me out with a telescope, helping groups enjoy the cosmos. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 22, 2019</p> 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>