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Celestial navigation, part II: longitude

May 24, 2016 Last month we described how to use the sky to find your latitude, which specifies how far you are north or south of the equator. But latitude is only half the story. more »»

The Summer Triangle and other summer views

April 26, 2016 The hours of darkness continue decreasing as the winter constellations are abruptly lost to the brightness of dusk and the summer constellations begin rising in the east. more »»

Celestial navigation, part 1: latitute

April 12, 2016 The stars shining in the evening sky are not only interesting in their own right; they can also serve to show us our location anywhere on Earth. more »»

Jupiter’s moons, from Galileo to the future

March 29, 2016 Jupiter will be the star of our spring and summer skies as it moved into the evening sky on March 8, when it was at opposition, opposite the sun in our sky. more »»

Spring sky, the Bard and Bacon

March 15, 2016 This week, we mark the Ides of March: the halfway point of our trek through this month. The most famous reference to this date is, of course, the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 B.C. more »»

Catch a glimpse of the crab in March

March 1, 2016 Cancer is the faintest constellation of the Zodiac, the 12 constellations that lie along the Sun’s apparent path in our sky. more »»

The deep reaches of space

February 16, 2016 It is difficult to truly appreciate the vast reaches of space that separate us from the rest of the universe. more »»

The bull and its neighbors

February 2, 2016 The Great Orion Nebula is without a doubt a spectacular sight in the evening sky this time of year. more »»

Jupiter rising

January 19, 2016 Jupiter will rise over Tupper Lake at 9:20 tonight. It actually paused in its apparent motion relative to the stars on Jan. 8. more »»

Morning light will greet us earlier

January 5, 2016 On Sunday morning, Jan. 3, the sun rose over Tupper Lake at the latest time for the winter, 7:33:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on a flat horizon. more »»

Embracing the solstice

December 22, 2015 At 12:48 this morning, the sun reached its southernmost point in the sky and started moving back to the north. more »»

The Pisces-Perseus Supercluster

December 8, 2015 The Perseus Cluster of galaxies that I discussed in my last column (Nov. 24), is not an isolated entity. more »»

Two galaxies come into view

November 24, 2015 In my last column on Nov. 10, I wrote about some star clusters in the western sky just after sunset. more »»

Check out the brightest stars in the night’s sky

November 10, 2015 Now that we’ve changed back to standard time, the sky darkens very early. By 6 p.m., even moderately bright stars become visible. more »»

Planetary movements

April 28, 2015 The glittering constellations of the Adirondack winter skies are plunging into the western horizon quickly. As the sky finally darkens at 9 p.m. more »»

Happy anniversary, Hubble

April 14, 2015 The Adirondack Public Observatory, located in Tupper Lake, was established to increase interest and provide resources for observing and learning about the realm beyond planet Eart. more »»

Wild above Europa

March 31, 2015 Jupiter, the king of the planets, ends its westward movement toward the constellation Cancer in April and turns back toward Leo, as described in a recent column. more »»

Of Ireland and equinoxes

March 17, 2015 On Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. EDT, the vernal equinox will occur as the sun crosses the celestial equator. more »»

A beginner’s guide to optical telescopes

March 3, 2015 Optical telescopes have been around for a very long time. more »»

Venus rises

February 17, 2015 While we’ve been busy with holidays, snow-shoveling and stacking firewood (as well as those pesky day jobs), the evening sky has been marching to the west one degree per day as the sun has been... more »»



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