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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 »»

Winter observing

February 3, 2015 (Editor’s note: Another member of the Adirondack Public Observatory will take over for Aileen O’Donoghue this week. more »»

Comets fill the nights sky

January 20, 2015 Comets have been in the news this year, and this month we have the opportunity to view one with our own eye. more »»

When the sky gets a little darker again

January 6, 2015 I hope your chaise lounge is still accessible as there are more astronomical treasures near the zenith to explore in the early parts of these deep, dark nights. more »»

Cold nights provide a look at night’s sky

December 16, 2014 The tree frogs and insects whose choruses throb through the summer nights have all died, been driven away or into hibernation, making the long Adirondack nights of winter can be deeply silent, broke... more »»

Awesomely mysterious objects

December 2, 2014 Once more, the northern hemisphere leans away from the sun as we approach the winter solstice. Night falls earliest in the Adirondacks in these early December days. more »»

Constellations come out tonight

April 29, 2014 After having brightened the sky through our long winter nights, the lovely constellations of Taurus with the Pleaides, Orion with his jeweled belt, Canis Major with dazzling bright Sirius, Canis... more »»

Types of lunar eclipses

April 15, 2014 Last night we experienced the first total lunar eclipse since Dec. 10, 2011. I’m writing this in advance of the lunar eclipse, and the forecast for watching it isn’t looking good. more »»

Supernova 2014J

March 18, 2014 This month Earth returns to the point in its orbit which marks the beginning of spring. This change of season brings a renewal of life as the cold of winter slowly gives way to the coming warmt. more »»

A night of planet hopping

March 4, 2014 As the sun begins to set, if you look straight up into the sky, you will see a bright object shining. more »»

Jupiter: gas giant and vacuum cleaner

February 18, 2014 Jupiter was known during ancient times as one of the “wanderers” in the night sky, its name identified with the god of the sky and thunder. more »»

Our celestial address

February 4, 2014 Unless you are completely disconnected from society (in which case you wouldn’t be reading this), you have received mail of some typ. more »»

The moon

January 21, 2014 Our ancestors gazed at the moon with wonder. It’s been a timekeeper, a prophet, a protector and a source of fuel for the imagination. more »»

Cold, clear skies

January 7, 2014 Snow and ice are piled everywhere as we settle into deepest winter. more »»

Days are getting longer following winter soltice

December 24, 2013 Since the winter solstice occurred close to noon (12:11 p.m.) on Dec. 21 this year, both Friday and Saturday nights in Tupper lake were the same length, 15 hours and 9 minutes from sunset to sunris. more »»

Venus and Jupiter linger in night’s sky

December 10, 2013 As Venus has been lingering over the western horizon in the evenings, Jupiter has been rising in the east. Tonight it will rise at 6:30 p.m., 25 minutes before Venus sets. more »»

Venus glows overhead

November 12, 2013 The Adirondack nights are again lengthening as Earth’s orbital motion tilts the northern hemisphere away from the sun. more »»

On tap in the summer night’s sky

April 30, 2013 This column, like the glittering stars of winter, disappears abruptly when the evenings lengthen. more »»

 
 
 

 

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