Category: Mark Breen

July Weather

July Weather

Posted: July 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather, What's Happening

Summer finds itself more at home this month than in any other.  The temperatures reach their annual maximum during the last week of this month, even though the Sun reached its greatest strength on the first day of summer.  It takes the Earth a while to heat up, which in… Read More
July Astronomy

July Astronomy

Posted: July 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, What's Happening

The southern skies are busy this month, with the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, its claws stretching to the west, and its tail along the horizon.  To its left, crossing the “river of light” known as the Milky Way, is the “teapot” in Sagittarius, while farther… Read More
June Astronomy

June Astronomy

Posted: June 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Our shortest nights of the year in June still feature some great star gazing, with the Summer Triangle rising in the east – Vega, highest and brightest in the northeast, Deneb nearer the horizon, and Altair to their right, all three within the Milky Way, returning in the eastern skies,… Read More
June Weather

June Weather

Posted: June 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather, What's Happening

June eases from spring to summer, delivering some of the longest, finest days of the year.  Although a dreary day comes in now and again, much of the weather has become a local affair.  Showers and thunderstorms skip about to soak one farm, and leave another bone-dry.  But leading the… Read More
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: May 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

As May welcomes the return of some of the brighter summer stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast, we watch the rapid descent of Venus, well-placed in the west during the first week, but fading in the Sun’s glare by Memorial Day.  On its way, it… Read More
May Weather

May Weather

Posted: May 1, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather, What's Happening

May is nearly as busy as April in the variety of weather gyrations to be expected. Most Mays record at least a few snowflakes, and about every 5 to 10 years some accumulating snow. Likewise, temperatures approaching 90 occur once or twice in a decade. Most of the time… Read More
April Weather

April Weather

Posted: March 30, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Skywatch Almanac Weather, Weather

No other month has contributed so richly to New England’s reputation for changeable weather as has April.  With the strength of the sunshine now equaling that of August, and the lingering cold refrigerated by the ice and snow near Hudson Bay, just about anything is possible.  This balancing act almost… Read More
April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: March 30, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

April starts with Orion and his companions the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, standing on the western horizon to start, sinking lower through the month.  The Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the southern skies, and Gemini’s Twins settle into the west.  The… Read More
March Astronomy

March Astronomy

Posted: March 4, 2020| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views, appearing to “stand” on the horizon, with Taurus to his right, and the Great Dog to his left. The evenings also feature the Big Dipper rising in the northeast, looking like a giant question mark. Follow the “handle”… Read More
Backyard Meteorology

Backyard Meteorology

Posted: February 18, 2020| Categories: Learning, Mark Breen, Programs and Events, Weather, What's Happening

Starting March 19, this 3-part series covers weather basics with Senior Meteorologist Mark Breen. Ever wonder how meteorologists make weather forecasts that that can influence the ways we travel, grow our gardens, and prepare for the day? Mark Breen helps you develop the skills to identify, observe, and record… Read More