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The birds flying among the stars of the night sky

Greetings, stargazers. Aquila, the Eagle, may not be the most well-known, or most recognizable constellation, but it is straightforward to find, and is worth adding to your repertoire. It i...

Webb telescope to look at universe’s most distant objects

Greetings, stargazers. Light from distant stars travels for years in a perfectly straight line to get to Earth, only to be jiggled around and dispersed by the atmosphere in the last few kilo...

Mounts matter for successful telescope viewing

Greetings, stargazers. I don’t know who said it first, but it bears repeating that the best telescope is the one that gets used the most. Many of you are familiar with different types of tel...

Solstice – the day the sun stands still

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you were in a good location to see the lunar eclipse last month. I saw only clouds, but a friend of mine got to watch the eclipse from the South Pole. That brou...

Explore the features of our nearest celestial neighbor

Greetings, stargazers. The moon is our nearest neighbor in space, but it is often overlooked when stargazing. Many star parties will intentionally avoid evenings when the moon is in the sky....

Spring is galaxy season

Greetings, stargazers. For many amateur astronomers with small telescopes, spring is galaxy season. At any moderately dark site, which includes most of the Four Corners, you can ...

Catalogs can guide your exploration of deep sky objects

Greetings, stargazers. It has been several years since I looked up a phone number in a printed book. But a generation ago, a phone book was an essential tool for anyone with a te...

Gemini and its twins offer much to explore

Greetings, stargazers. Our season of conjunctions and comets ended when Venus and Jupiter passed each other on the morning of Feb. 11. Now, I plan to revisit a few constellations...

In January, Earth moves fastest around the sun

Greetings, stargazers. January is the month that the Earth moves the fastest around the sun. Or looked at from our perspective, the sun moves faster through the sky in January. E...

Jupiter, Saturn to converge in the ‘Great Conjunction’ on Dec. 21

Greetings, stargazers. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard there will be a “Great Conjunction” between Jupiter and Saturn on Dec. 21. Jupiter and Sa...

Binoculars greatly expand your view of the night sky

Greetings, stargazers. Every couple of years, I write a column about binocular observing because there are lots of things in the sky that benefit from the extra light gathering w...

Close to Earth, Mars to look extra big and bright

Greetings, Stargazers. This is definitely the season for Mars, because this month, Mars will be closer to Earth than at any time in the next 15 years. Mars reaches opp...