Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:28:36 -0700 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate fc7891791134154ff8f6b10d0d5876cd Analemma and the Solstices for 06/14/2018 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 17-23, 2018</p> <p>I'm always impressed by my readers' attention to details. It frequently shows up around this time of year with some great questions. For example: "If the first day of the Northern Hemisphere summer (this year the solstice occurs on June 21 at 6:07 a.m. EDT &#8212; 3:07 A.M. PDT) is supposed to be the longest day of the year, why aren't its sunrise and sunset times the earliest and latest of the year?" And here's another: "Why doesn't the sun appear due south at noon every day like my school books said it should?" <p>Updated: Thu Jun 14, 2018</p> 8a5f523c6f9dee2f1684021b422a27fd A Beautiful Sight at Dusk for 06/07/2018 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 10-16, 2018</p> <p>Have you been watching the remarkable jewel sparkling in the western sky after sunset? Some may have missed it because of thick clouds or mountains blocking the view, but as June progresses you'll see it climbing higher in the sky from night to night as it rounds the sun in our direction. <p>Updated: Thu Jun 07, 2018</p> 88e77f4a1aa13c15ef26a9ca9cc7f3e9 Reading a Star Map for 05/31/2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of June 3-9, 2018</p> <p>I still recall how challenging it was to find my way around the sky for the first time, so I understand what novice stargazers go through. Believe it or not, though, it really isn't a difficult process &#8212; once we begin to recognize patterns among the stars. And that's where a simple star map helps. <p>Updated: Thu May 31, 2018</p> 991168ed7d6087ddace6e0956c85a554 The 'Star' of the Show for 05/24/2018 Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 27-June 2, 2018</p> <p>Last week, I wrote in part about the star Arcturus, and I hope you got out to see its beautiful yellow-orange light. This week you'll learn what radio personality Paul Harvey might have called "the rest of the story." <p>Updated: Thu May 24, 2018</p> 3a510a81db185a8725b9b053cf5bc8b8 The Herdsman and the Crown for 05/17/2018 Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of May 20-26, 2018</p> <p>Midway up in the eastern sky on spring evenings lie two of my favorite stellar groupings. One is the small but quite beautiful constellation known as Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown. </p> <p>The Crown is not one of the brighter star groupings, and you'd be better off searching for it from a dark-sky location early this week, before the moon becomes too bright. You can find it easily by locating a few brighter stars first. <p>Updated: Thu May 17, 2018</p> b51aac82f3fd5dfda8a22245b056e27d Why Is the Night Sky Dark? for 05/10/2018 Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 13-19, 2018</p> <p>If you're out looking for the moon early this week, you'll have a tough time finding it. On Tuesday it will lie nearly in the direction of the sun (its new-moon phase), but by Thursday it will appear not far from the brilliant planet Venus in our western sky at dusk. <p>Updated: Thu May 10, 2018</p> a8c90b23e33b23b914294e99f28b028c The Return of Jupiter for 05/03/2018 Thu, 03 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of May 6-12, 2018</p> <p>An exciting spring and summer of stargazing &#8212; or should I say planet gazing &#8212; lies ahead, as four neighboring worlds prepare to strut their celestial stuff.<p>Updated: Thu May 03, 2018</p> 81b24c5bbbfffbd21a6f042bb1b50737 Finding the Celestial Giraffe for 04/26/2018 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 29-May 5, 2018</p> <p>Every week, I try to write about a feature of the night sky that's fairly easy for stargazers to spot. Sure, it might take a little effort, but there's nothing wrong with that. So, this week, I thought I'd offer a bit more of a challenge. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 26, 2018</p> c0162d96595738bcd983a1d5e2d589bc Just Mooning Around for 04/19/2018 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 22-28, 2018</p> <p>The moon shines beautifully in our evening sky this week, just as it does every month. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 19, 2018</p> ce73caadc6c5e1ee7ec07b1a2f30a8fe The Lyrids Meteor Shower for 04/12/2018 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 19-25, 2018</p> <p>I had just begun one of my popular outdoor night sky presentations the other night when the audience erupted with gasps and cheers. I wanted to believe that it was my witty and captivating repartee that inspired their excited reaction, but I knew exactly what had happened. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 12, 2018</p> 97090177ccbca2706273b8b798e468cf Finding the Largest Constellation for 04/05/2018 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 12-18, 2015</p> <p>If someone were to ask you which is the largest of all constellations, would you know? If you answered Hydra, you know more about the night sky than you admit. <p>Updated: Thu Apr 05, 2018</p> f22a59ae1a7755dd7c485740d93a254a Create Your Own Star Patterns for 03/29/2018 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of April 1-7, 2018</p> <p>I recall standing under the stars as a child trying to understand why the constellations looked nothing like the elaborate drawings I'd seen in star maps and books. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 29, 2018</p> 8bc75bde2cf22933e41258cec72f49c5 Sneak Peek at the Summer Sky for 03/22/2018 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 25-31, 2018</p> <p>Despite living in the Anza-Borrego Desert of Southern California &#8212; one of the hottest places on Earth &#8212; I long for summertime, not only for its warm (OK, hot!) weather and abundant growth but because its nighttime sky is amazingly rich. So, it's usually around March when I begin wandering outdoors before dawn to sneak a peek at what awaits us in the evening sky half a year down the road.<p>Updated: Thu Mar 22, 2018</p> 29bcf6d7757912835315a6b1ab28d83a New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms for 03/15/2018 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of March 18-24, 2018</p> <p>It's amazing how the sky can be such a great memory trigger. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 15, 2018</p> 8350eb23e5de3bf10d8bfb47cd5051a8 Mercury and Venus at Dusk for 03/08/2018 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of March 11-17, 2018</p> <p>If you have a low horizon to your west, you may have already spotted a couple of bright "stars" appearing in that direction just after sunset. Well, those aren't stars but planets. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 08, 2018</p> 070f72bd34744632cd479b8d4d3da857 A Hare-y Tale in the Winter Sky for 03/01/2018 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of March 4-10, 2018</p> <p>The Northern Hemisphere wintertime sky features some of the brightest stars and largest constellations of the year: Orion, Taurus, Gemini, Auriga and many more. <p>Updated: Thu Mar 01, 2018</p> 894cfc0970ce8b92bf9e7936eab41f09 The 'Linking' Star of Taurus for 02/22/2018 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Week of Feb. 25-March 3, 2018</p> <p>Constellations are like states. <p>Updated: Thu Feb 22, 2018</p> 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>