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Power and the Planets Jan. 23, 2018

Horoscopes by Holiday

The distribution of power is often much trickier and more nuanced than appearances suggest. Power ri... Read More

Finding the Elusive Planet Mercury Nov. 16, 2017


Week of November 19-25, 2017 It was back in the year 1530 that the science of astronomy was turned ... Read More

Finding the Sixth Planet Oct. 12, 2017


Week of October 15-21, 2017 From the beginning of time till the year 1781, only five planets were k... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings Jun. 08, 2017


Week of June 11-17, 2017 If I were to ask which you think is our solar system's most beautiful plan... Read More

Mercury Invites Interstellar Technology Sharing Apr. 01, 2017

Horoscopes by Holiday

How will we ever get to TRAPPIST-1? The recently discovered habitable exoplanets are 40 light-years ... Read More

A Binocular Treat Jan. 19, 2017


Week of January 22-28, 2017 If you're like me, you've been marveling at the brilliant star now appe... Read More

Finding Uranus after Dark Oct. 06, 2016


Week of October 9-15, 2016 If there's one thing I've learned during my decades of living on this pla... Read More

Seeing a Double Planet -- and More! Aug. 18, 2016


Week of August 21-27, 2016 Have you noticed those three bright stars appearing low in the western sk... Read More

Six Planets and the Moon Aug. 11, 2016


Week of August 14-20, 2016 One of the coolest sights of the nighttime sky is one that's completely i... Read More

A Solar System Show at Dusk Jul. 28, 2016


Week of July 21-August 6, 2016 It's been quite a while since we've seen the planet Venus glistening ... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings May. 19, 2016


Week of May 22-28, 2016 It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. So, if I were ... Read More

La Superba After Dark May. 05, 2016


Week of May 8-14, 2016 Beginning stargazers are often disappointed because they cannot see the glori... Read More

Celestial Grouping in Scorpius Apr. 14, 2016


Week of April 17-23, 2016 What a wonderful assortment of celestial bodies we'll be able to see this... Read More

Spotting Elusive Mercury Apr. 07, 2016


Week of April 10-16, 2016 I remember many years ago sitting in Ms. Schnitzer's fourth-grade classro... Read More

By Jove, Jupiter is Back! Mar. 03, 2016


Week of March 6 — 12, 2016 I've missed Jupiter. That may seem like a corny thing to say, but... Read More

A Planetary String of Pearls Jan. 21, 2016


Week of Jan. 24-30, 2016 A beautiful string of planetary pearls shines at dawn right now, but one o... Read More

The First Extrasolar Planet Nov. 12, 2015


Week of Nov. 15-21, 2015 Who among us has never gazed into a starry night sky and wondered "are we ... Read More

Free Range

Jul. 01, 2014

Find the Ecliptic This Week May. 08, 2014


Week of May 11-17, 2014 One of the coolest sights of the nighttime sky is one that's completely invi... Read More

Nest Heads

Apr. 25, 2014