Category Archives: Sky Guides

Knowing what’s up, planetarium software, etc.

Orion’s Lesser-Known Neighbors

Orion is a well-known constellation. He has bright stars, and he straddles the celestial equator, which puts him in prominent viewing position for both northern and southern hemisphere star gazers. He also has some bright, well-known neighbors: Gemini the Twins; … Continue reading

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Stargazing events to look forward to in 2013

Space.com released an article naming 13 Must-See Stargazing Events in 2013. Some events, like solar eclipses, won’t be visible to everyone in the world, but maybe you are fortunate enough to live in one of the lucky locations or can … Continue reading

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November 2012 star map

I apologize for the lack of posts this past month. It’s been rough! We’ve been taking turns being ill in my household, and I was super busy organizing and preparing our first ever Halloween planetarium show and Spooky Science Night … Continue reading

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September Skies, Part WHOOSH!

WHOOSH! Did you hear that? That was my September whizzing by. I had promised a part 2 to my September Skies post, but it hasn’t happened yet. Don’t worry, though–the constellations I meant to write about–Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Perseus, Pegasus, etc.–will … Continue reading

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June 2012 Stargazing, Part 2

In June 2012 Stargazing Part 1, we looked at the Summer Triangle constellations and the shifting position of the northern-sky constellations. Today we will look at the southern view, and consider Sagittarius, Scorpius, Libra, Ophiuchus, and Serpens. Sagittarius sticks close … Continue reading

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June 2012 Stargazing, Part 1

In this guide to the June sky, I am focusing on the north and east views of mid-northern latitudes. Looking east, the Summer Triangle is up by 10 or 11 p.m. This *asterism is made up of three bright stars … Continue reading

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Spring Constellations: Corvus, Crater, Hydra, and Cancer

So far in our spring sky we have looked at Orion’s departure, how to rain water down on Leo, how to “arc to Arcturus and speed on to Spica,” how to view Virgo as a further guide to finding Leo … Continue reading

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Orion Is Leaving Us!

If you’ve been watching Orion in the evening sky, you may have noticed that Orion is appearing lower and lower in the west each night as he prepares to leave us for the summer. I like Orion, so this is … Continue reading

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Mid-April Stargazing 2012

Ah, spring. Trees are budding, my plum tree is preparing to flower, and the evenings are mild and great for taking a kid out stargazing. Here’s a quick guide to some of the things you can show them. Looking west … Continue reading

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Some stars and planets software/sites/apps

If you give an Astronomonster the moon, he’s going to want the solar system. If you give him the solar system, he’s going to want the universe. And if you give him the universe, he’s going to want a parallel … Continue reading

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