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Posted: January 10, 2022

The heart of winter brings the brightest stars in our skies into full view. Orion sits at the center of these stellar "super stars", the line of his three belt stars extending to the right toward the red star Aldebaran, the "eye" of Taurus, the Bull, and to the left, ...
December Astronomy

December Astronomy

Posted: November 29, 2021

The longest nights of the year welcome the return of Orion, rising earlier each evening, and dominating the eastern sky, often identified by his line of three “belt” stars. Extending this line to the upper right leads to the red star Aldebaran, the eye of Taurus, the Bull, while looking ...
November Astronomy

November Astronomy

Posted: November 2, 2021

November's annual return to Standard Time, on the 7th, gives us a grand view of Milky Way, arching from the southwest, up and then overhead, with the Summer Triangle slipping into the west.  As the dazzling Capella rises higher in the northeast, the red star Aldebaran shines in the east, ...
October Astronomy

October Astronomy

Posted: September 30, 2021

As the shorter days give way to longer nights, the Milky Way arches from near the Teapot of Sagittarius, hosting Jupiter and Saturn in the south-southwest, through the Summer Triangle high in the southwest, then into the northeast to greet the rising star Capella.  Summer’s bright star Arcturus sets in ...
September Astronomy

September Astronomy

Posted: August 28, 2021

Summer's constellations, Scorpio and Sagittarius, begin their departure, progressing from south toward the southwest through the month.  At the same time, the planetary duo of Jupiter and Saturn climb higher from the southeast into the south.  Extending up from the Teapot in Sagittarius, the broad, faint path of the Milky ...
May Astronomy

May Astronomy

Posted: May 3, 2021

May welcomes the return of some of summer’s brighter stars, including Vega in the northeast, and Antares in the southeast.  High in the south, Leo the Lion prowls toward the southwest through the month, while high above, the Big Dipper guides you with its handle to “arc” to Arcturus, then ...
April Astronomy

April Astronomy

Posted: March 31, 2021

The stars continue their transition into spring each April, as Orion and his companions, the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, gradually settle toward the western horizon.  The spring stars may not dazzle in comparison, yet the Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the ...
March Astronomy

March Astronomy

Posted: March 2, 2021

In March, Orion settles into the southwest for some great evening views.  The evenings also feature the Big Dipper rising in the northeast, looking like a giant question mark.  Follow the “handle” toward the horizon, where the star Arcturus rises by 9 o’clock.  After months of great planet viewing, only ...
February Astronomy

February Astronomy

Posted: February 1, 2021

Orion dominates our February evenings, striding mid-way up from the southern horizon by 8 o’clock, accompanied by the brightest star in our night skies, Sirius, below and left of Orion, marking the nose of the Great Dog.  High in the south, Taurus, the Bull charges at Orion, as the Big ...
January Astronomy

January Astronomy

Posted: December 31, 2020

Orion becomes the center of attention in January, with his three belt stars drawing a line to the right, pointing to the red star Aldebaran, the “eye” of Taurus, the Bull.  To the left, Orion’s Belt leads to the rising star Sirius - the brightest star in the night skies.  ...