Keep an eye on the sky

The naked-eye planets are putting on an extended show these nights with something to watch from sunset to sunrise, treats for casual observers.Venus is hard to miss high in the western sky after...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Buying a telescope for Christmas

This is the time of year when I receive e-mails asking for suggestions on telescope purchases.I’m reluctant to answer because there are many options and expectations vary.Newcomers often are...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Night sights in the autumn sky

You know that fall’s here when you can spot the Great Square of Pegasus in the eastern sky in the early evening.Three of the constellation’s brightest stars, Markab, Scheat and Algenib, along with...

DATE: Sept. 24, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Planets in the autumn sky

Summer gives way to fall at 3:05 a.m. Sept. 23. Get out and enjoy the relatively warm nights. We all know they won’t last.Two gas giants highlight the month’s night sky.One, Jupiter, the solar...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Summer’s southern sky

Summer’s southern sky holds numerous deep-space jewels. Three constellations, Scorpius, Sagittarius and Ophiuchus, are loaded with worthy targets, star clusters, nebulae and double stars.Libra,...

DATE: July 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Look up; summer’s coming

Summer’s coming on. It won’t be long. The solstice arrives at 11:16 a.m. on June 21. The nights are short but almost warm, an acceptable combination for stargazers.The sun sets shortly before 8:30...

DATE: May 28, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Planets in the predawn sky

Some of our neighboring planets have been in hiding lately, but they’re showing up now, one in the evening and a cluster of four in the predawn sky.Although it reached opposition last month, Saturn...

DATE: April 30, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

Spring weather lures astronomers outdoors

With winter only a memory (we hope), many amateur astronomers come out of hibernation in April and revisit the night sky at some length. Let’s get those scopes out and see what’s going on in the...

DATE: March 31, 2011 | CATEGORY: Four corners skies

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