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May 28, 2015
Northland Stargazing: Hubble is 25, Regulus a few million
Readable article in June's "Sky and Telescope" on how the Hubble Space Telescope has changed our understanding of astronomy in the 25 years since it launched, and on many new questions it has generated. Someday, I will start a "Threescore and Ten" column thus: "When I was a kid,...
May 28, 2015 - 7:24pm
February 26, 2015
Northland Stargazing: Open clusters, saints' days, and the vernal equinox
Daylight savings time starts March 8. "Spring ahead, Fall back:" set your clocks ahead one hour the night before. Nothing of note happens this Sunday, but it is St. David's Day. David is patron saint of Wales, and I'm in trouble with some readers if I don't mention that. March...
February 26, 2015 - 11:56pm
January 22, 2015
Northland Stargazing: Jupiter rules the night
Assume February will be cold. Dress warmly; you get cold faster when you are not moving briskly. Earlier this month, Venus and Mercury paired up in the evening sky. In February, it's bright Venus and dim Mars in the WSW. On Feb. 7, Venus will be well below and a bit left of Mars....
January 22, 2015 - 11:46pm
December 25, 2014
Northland Stargazing: Jupiter rules the night
Yearly reminders: 1. Sky and Telescope's free weekly website is www.skyandtelescope.com/. My info comes mostly from the magazine, but you can find more there, plus breaking news. 2. January's "Sky & Telescope" includes "Skygazer's Almanac 2015," an hourglass-shaped grid showing...
December 25, 2014 - 11:09pm
November 3, 2014
Fire in the sky: Meteor sightings Sunday has area abuzz
BEMIDJI -- Reed Olson was out at Ruttger's on Sunday when he just happened to look up at the right spot at the right moment. "It was about 4:45 so the sky was bright and blue and I saw it -- it didn't look like a meteor at night, which is normally orange or yellowish white --...
November 3, 2014 - 9:25pm
October 23, 2014
Northland Stargazing: Three planets, some constellations, and two showers:
Evan Hazard Special to the Pioneer Reminders: Earlier sunsets and Central Standard Time after Nov. 1 make evening stargazing easier, but the management is not responsible for cold weather and clouds. The Leonid meteor shower may be decent in the wee hours of Nov. 17-18, and crescent...
October 23, 2014 - 11:27pm
June 27, 2014
NORTHLAND STARGAZING: I'm one (Uranus) year old
Three years ago this month, I wrote "Unlike closer Uranus, Neptune can be seen only with optical aid, so it is unlikely that any sleepless prehistoric nomad, like my fictional Raki,* identified Neptune as a "wanderer" 10 millennia ago. Uranus revolves around Sol in 84.3 Earth years;...
June 27, 2014 - 8:21am
Evan Hazard / Northland Stargazing: Planets and smudges that aren’t comets
Our Abendstern, Venus, rides low in the west at dusk all month. It has come out from behind Sol, and is catching up with us, because we move more slowly in our orbit than do the inner planets. Venus is, however, moving rapidly against background stars. Once the sky is dark, find...
June 27, 2013 - 11:26pm
February 22, 2013
Evan Hazard: Few planets, bright winter constellations
Central Daylight Time starts March 10. Set your clocks ahead one hour the night before. The unusual news is Comet PanSTARRS, which will be visible above the western horizon after sunset from about March 12-24 (March 16 is St. Urho’s Day). You will need binoculars; it’s not very...
February 22, 2013 - 1:59am
January 25, 2013
Evan Hazard, Northland Stargazing: Planets, major constellations, and bright stars
Assume February will be cold. Dress warmly; you get cold faster when you are not moving briskly. In the SSW, Mercury reaches greatest brilliancy after sundown Feb. 10 and continues to increase its apparent distance from Sol until greatest elongation Feb. 16, one of three or four...
January 25, 2013 - 1:02am
December 27, 2012
Dark skies and January planets
Annual reminders: 1. Sky and Telescope’s free weekly website is www.SkyTonight.com . My info comes mostly from the magazine, but you can find more on that site, along with news that breaks after I submit this. 2. January’s Sky & Telescope includes “Skygazer’s Almanac...
December 27, 2012 - 10:49pm
November 23, 2012
Evan Hazard, Northland Stargazing: Orion, perhaps the star of constellations
Orion is now well up after dusk in the east-sotheast. It is one of the most recognizable constellations, and Messier 42, the “Great Nebula” in Orion’s sword, angling below the three stars in his belt, is the nearest conspicuous star nursery, only some 1,345 light-years away....
November 23, 2012 - 12:13am
August 31, 2012
Misinterpreting the moon: Blue moon definition came from a mistake
By Bob King, Forum Communications Tonight is the blue moon — which isn’t blue, of course, unless you happen to be near a volcano. It was...
August 31, 2012 - 2:05am