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NORTHLAND STARGAZING: Late-rising stargazers need not apply
Low in the SW, Saturn starts October setting 2½ hours after sunset but only 1½ hours on Halloween. Too low in the sky for details; not worth going out for. If you're a planetarian, go to bed early and get up well before sunup all month.
September 24, 2015 - 7:09pm
August 27, 2015
NORTHLAND STARGAZING: Algol, planets, and Aldebaran eclipsed
Perseus is above the NNE horizon at dusk, so it's Algol-watching time again. The minima of Algol most people may be up for are at Sept. 2, 8:39 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10:20 p.m., and Sept. 25, 7:09 p.m. Algol will be perceptibly dimmed for about two hours centered on those times. If...
August 27, 2015 - 6:42pm
July 23, 2015
NORTHLAND STARGAZING: New Horizons visits Pluto on Bastille Day
BEMIDJI -- Dateline, Bemidji: 14 juillet 2015: joyeux jour de Bastille and yay New Horizons flyby. A good evening to start this column. Hit this link on the web http://bit.ly/1JhzRV7 to find lots of other good (and sobering) stuff in that online issue of “World Science.”...
July 23, 2015 - 7:27pm
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
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
May 31, 2014
Planets and bright stars in June
At 5:51 a.m., June 21, our longest day, Summer Solstice officially begins astronomical summer. Earliest sunrise is about a week earlier, latest sunset about a week later. For refreshers on why those don't all occur on June 21, type "earliest summer sunrise" in a search engine. Mosquitoes...
May 31, 2014 - 11:17pm
March 27, 2014
Evan Hazard/Northland Stargazing: Spring stars, planets and a lunar eclipse
If skies are clear at dusk sometime this weekend or in early April, find a spot away from outdoor lighting and with a clear view of the sky in most directions. Above the SW horizon is a bright star. In fact, it is our brightest true star, Sirius, significantly larger than Sol and...
March 27, 2014 - 11:21pm
January 25, 2014
Evan Hazard/Northland Stargazing: February stars and planets: Stay warm
BEMIDJI — In the last week of January, Mercury has a good evening apparition in the WSW. On Jan. 31, it is at greatest elongation from Sol and can be easily spotted for a few days; a thin crescent Luna will be to Mercury’s right on Jan. 31, and move up past Mercury the next few...
January 25, 2014 - 12:40am
November 29, 2013
Evan Hazard/Northland Stargazing:An unsatisfying answer to burning questions are sometimes norm in science
The answer as of this writing, Nov. 17, is “We don’t know,” often the appropriate answer in science. The question: “What about Comet ISON?” It is heading sunward and is due to pass less than 750,000 miles from Sol’s surface on Nov. 28. That’s less than Sol’s diameter....
November 29, 2013 - 1:35am
October 25, 2013
Evan Hazard/Northland Stargazing: A poor showing for Venus, good for Mercury
Reminders: Earlier sunsets and daylight savings time (after Nov. 3) make evening stargazing easier. Also, at this time of year, it gets darker two or three minutes earlier each night, which seems to slow down the stars’ annual movement. The Leonid meteor shower won’t be much in...
October 25, 2013 - 12:10am
August 30, 2013
Evan Hazard/Northland Stargazing: Planets and a 'comet of the century'
September starts with Saturn above and left of brighter Venus in the WSW, and Spica below and right of Venus. But Saturn rapidly moves sunward, passing 3.5° above Venus on Sept. 17-18. Mercury is too low after sunset for easy viewing. However, try binocs a half hour after sunset...
August 30, 2013 - 12:19am
June 27, 2013
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