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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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A Night Sky Puzzle

Here is a little test of your knowledge of the constellations, comets, and moon phases. Can you find six mistakes in this image? Answers will be posted in the comments.

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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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Book Review: The Kids’ Guide to the Constellations

A review of The Kids’ Guide to the Constellations by Christopher Forest, Capstone Press (2011) for ages 8 and up. I’m sorry, Christopher–this book is okay for a children’s book, but I didn’t find it stellar. (Sorry again for the … Continue reading

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Can you handle Hercules?

May is a good month for going out to spot the constellation of Hercules, but if you find yourself saying, “Mayday Mayday Mayday, I cannot find Hercules,” then read on for a few tricks for locating him. I freely admit … 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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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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Sagittarius, The Little Teapot

Today let us pause a moment to observe the passing of Sagittarius from due south in our night sky. The Friday, September 23 entry from Sky & Telescope’s This Week’s Sky at a Glance reads, “As summer turns to fall, … Continue reading

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The Summer Triangle

The first day of summer is June 21, just about two weeks away. The Summer Triangle now appears in the east at dusk. Made of three bright stars from three different constellations, the Summer Triangle can be picked out when … Continue reading

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