Stargazers from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:13:02 -0800 Stargazers from Creators Syndicate 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> 6ba68560de3fd95700952189ebbe0bd0 A Backyard Time Machine for 09/28/2017 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of October 1-7, 2017</p> <p>Nothing in the heavens appears as it is. It really is quite an illusion we experience nightly. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 28, 2017</p> bc57c7b86d66f306fe96681d07aa2d0e Measure the Sky for 09/21/2017 Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of September 24-30, 2017 </p> <p>It was a cool, crisp autumn day in Pennsylvania in 1966, and I remember it well. There I sat in Mrs. Moyer's 10th grade geometry class daydreaming out the window, as I often did, and pondering everything except acute angles, midpoints and spheres. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 21, 2017</p> d1e2857d3e6095344d1de79e42534173 Autumn Is Coming! for 09/14/2017 Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of September 17-23, 2017 </p> <p>Autumn is nearly here, and for this desert rat, it can't come soon enough. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 14, 2017</p> 9f5048e2facf50d8ab51b10ac1cfd026 Planetary 'Alignment' at Dawn for 09/07/2017 Thu, 07 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of September 10-16, 2017 </p> <p>One of the many interesting sights in the sky is one that's completely invisible &#8212; unless, of course, you know just where to look. This week and next, stargazers will have little trouble spotting it ... if they are willing to rise before the sun.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 07, 2017</p> 6394d260d47763f795a74920e7cf5d7e Dog Days of Summer for 08/31/2017 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Week of Sept. 3-9, 2017 </p> <p>As much of the Earth's Northern Hemisphere swelters under the oppressive heat of late summer, pay close attention and I'll bet that before the season is out, you'll hear someone refer to this time of year as the "dog days of summer." </p> <p>Now, one might guess that this term comes from the seemingly lethargic behavior of our canine companions in the late-summer heat, but one would be barking up the wrong tree. The term's origin &#8212; like that of many everyday phrases &#8212; lies among the stars. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 31, 2017</p> 6d8a81f8b052b253b4a1d92f66187b65 Finding the Farthest Planet From the Sun for 08/24/2017 Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of August 27-Sept. 2, 2017 </p> <p>Scientists are in the business of classifying things. They classify everything from butterflies to rocks to clouds to stars. And sometimes, when new understanding becomes available, they must go back and reclassify things to make them better fit the scheme. <p>Updated: Thu Aug 24, 2017</p> e47e7202db3f602c7872c5e83a8d21a0 A Quarter Century of Stargazing for 08/17/2017 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>STARGAZERS<p>Updated: Thu Aug 17, 2017</p> d293b713610b2bb92ec4d6819d66e43f Photographing the Solar Eclipse for 08/10/2017 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Week of August 13-19, 2017 <p>Updated: Thu Aug 10, 2017</p> 19ca45ac1bb92a65949e0061e3bf18f0 Safely Viewing the Solar Eclipse for 08/03/2017 Thu, 03 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Week of August 6-12, 2017 <p>Updated: Thu Aug 03, 2017</p> ffd94495d5f8f5472613395ee18c5c86 Totality! for 07/27/2017 Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Week of July 30-August 5, 2017 </p> <p>I often ask those in my audiences whether they've ever experienced a total solar eclipse. Some say yes, some say no. And some reply with "I think I did once." <p>Updated: Thu Jul 27, 2017</p>