Category: Eye on the Sky

April Weather

April Weather

Posted: March 29, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather

Spring in April is like a new-born lamb,  just getting to its wobbly legs – one moment bouncing, and the next tumbling and tripping.  The strengthening sun will bounce temperatures into the 60s or 70s.  In a few rare years, thermometers have leapt to 90 degrees.  However, one sharp cold… Read More
March Weather

March Weather

Posted: March 1, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Uncategorized

Most of us do not care for transitions, though there are tempting moments of excitement and hope.  Yet the changes often blind-side us, upsetting the routines that bring us comfort and security.  March’s transitions are volatile, unreliable, so that even the tradition of maple sugaring is at the mercy of… Read More
Vacation Destination

Vacation Destination

Posted: February 27, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Programs and Events

Daily tours of the cosmos are waiting for you to take off! Want to do something out-of-this-world during school vacation? A visit to Vermont’s only public planetarium won’t let you down. “Our new digital projector provides sharper images of stars and the upgraded software allows us to easily ‘fly’ using… Read More
February Weather

February Weather

Posted: January 31, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Weather

February may have good reason to be the host of winter’s deepest cold and snow, with snow reaching its greatest depth, and the nights still longer than the days, sending thermometers well below zero on clear night.  Yet there are changes in the making.  The biggest difference in the sun… Read More
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: January 3, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The planets should be perfect for night owls, all of them appearing after midnight, starting with Jupiter and Mars fairly close together in the southeast by the dawn’s twilight. Saturn barely rises by late in the month, while Mercury is at its morning best through the 10th. Venus is lost in… Read More
January Weather

January Weather

Posted: January 2, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Winter deepens in thought and deed each January, even though there is a noticeable change in the daylight by month’s end.  Average minimum temperatures are near zero, the temperature at which snow begins to squeal and creek underfoot, and daytimes are most often below freezing as well, making January home… Read More
December Weather

December Weather

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

Skywatch Almanac is written by Mark Breen, senior meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum. Winter is now stalking the region, sometimes boldly covering the landscape and declaring itself, sometimes haphazardly experimenting with different versions of winter storms and skies.  Should a storm track become established along the East… Read More
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: December 5, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The longest nights of the year offer the greatest variety of stars and constellations.  Through the month, Orion rises earlier each evening, and dominates the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars.  Extending this line to the upper rights leads to the red star Aldebaran, the… Read More
November Weather

November Weather

Posted: October 31, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Fairbanks Museum, Skywatch Almanac Weather

Storms increasingly walk a fine line between rain and snow in November, due in part to a storm track which progresses south from southern Canada to the Ohio Valley and the east coast by the end of the month.  Some years if the progress is slow, mild rains add dampness… Read More
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: October 31, 2017| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

November sees a return to Standard Time, (on the 5th), the earlier arrival of evening gives us a parting view of Saturn, inching lower in the southwest, and briefly joined by Mercury after Thanksgiving.  November finds the Milky Way high overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west, while… Read More