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Our Cosmic Ancestors Jan. 14, 2021

Stargazers

Week of Jan. 17-23, 2021 We are made of star stuff. How often, over the years, have we encountered ... Read More

Finding Neptune After Dark Sep. 03, 2020

Stargazers

Week of Sept. 6-12, 2020 Scientists are in the business of classifying everything from butterflies t... Read More

The Iceball Cometh Jul. 16, 2020

Stargazers

Week of July 19-25, 2020 It's been quite a while since we've seen a bright comet in our skies. Many ... Read More

Saturn: Lord of the Rings Jul. 09, 2020

Stargazers

Week of July 12-18, 2020 If I were to ask which you think is our solar system's most beautiful plane... Read More

The Return of Jupiter Jul. 02, 2020

Stargazers

Week of July 5-11, 2020 Summer skywatchers will soon be enjoying a couple of planetary visitors in o... Read More

The Solstice and the Analemma Jun. 11, 2020

Stargazers

Week of June 14-20, 2020 Look on any globe or map, and you're bound to find a mysterious figure-eigh... Read More

Message to the Stars Jun. 04, 2020

Stargazers

Week of June 7-13, 2020 A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the constellation Hercules and refer... Read More

When Darkness Falls May. 28, 2020

Stargazers

Week of May 31 - June 6, 2020 Sometimes, we astronomers toss around terms that we consider to be "ob... Read More

Seeing the Inner Planets at Dusk May. 14, 2020

Stargazers

Week of May 17-23, 2020 Mercury is the closest planet to the sun, yet it's not the hottest of our so... Read More

Planetary Dance at Dawn Apr. 09, 2020

Stargazers

Week of April 12-18, 2020 A wonderful assortment of solar system bodies converges high in the southe... Read More

Finding Leo After Dark Mar. 12, 2020

Stargazers

Week of March 15-21, 2020 Some of my fondest childhood memories come from school field trips to Phil... Read More

Solar System Show at Dawn Feb. 13, 2020

Stargazers

Week of Feb. 16-22, 2020 For this week's sky show, I'm afraid you'll have to set your alarm and get ... Read More

Mars and Its Rival Jan. 16, 2020

Stargazers

Week of Jan. 19-25, 2020 If you're like most folks, you don't like to rise before the sun to head ou... Read More

Planetary Dance at Dusk Nov. 21, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Nov. 24-30, 2019 You may have noticed two bright "stars" shining in the southwestern sky at ... Read More

Find the Seventh Planet Oct. 17, 2019

Stargazers

Week of Oct. 20-26, 2019 Last week, we checked out the brightest object in the nighttime sky —... Read More

Catching the Elusive Planet Mercury Jun. 20, 2019

Stargazers

Week of June 23-29, 2019 Mercury is one of those planets we rarely see. Unlike Venus, which can domi... Read More

My Longtime Celestial Friend May. 30, 2019

Stargazers

Week of June 2-8, 2019 Summer is on its way to Earth's Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes a chan... Read More

Seeing Halley's Comet (Well, Sort of) Apr. 25, 2019

Stargazers

Week of April 28-May 4, 2019 Do you remember seeing Halley's Comet — the most famous of all ce... Read More

Our Dusty Solar System Mar. 21, 2019

Stargazers

Week of March 24-30, 2019 One of my least favorite household chores is dusting. Here in the desert,... Read More

At the Edge of Space, Photos of a Snowman Jan. 08, 2019

Daily Editorials

Let's pause from the chaos of the U.S. federal government — with its breakdowns and shutdowns ... Read More