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Mountain Skies: Vernal Equinox Occurs Wednesday Evening

The Sun The first day of spring is marked by the vernal or spring equinox, the moment in time when the sun, in its apparent path around the sky, crosses the celestial equator on its way north for the spring and summer. This year the equinox occurs...

 

Mountain Skies: Wives And Hungry Husbands In The Winter Sky

The Stars The bright stars of the winter skies still dominate the evening. As mentioned last month, the central figure, Orion, the hunter, stands high in the south as the sun sets. Using the belt of Orion as a pointer, we can draw a line to the west...

 

Mountain Skies: Total Lunar Eclipse Visible In The Mountains

Jan. 20-21 Total Lunar Eclipse Lunar eclipses can occur a little less than six months apart, so there could be as many as three in a calendar year. The last year that happened was 2016. Not all lunar eclipses are total, i.e., where the moon passes...

 

Mountain Skies: Asteroid Vesta Barely Visible To Naked Eye

The Planets While we have the beautiful spring constellations in our evening sky, such exciting things are happening with the planets that I can’t resist starting with them. For those of you watching the sky, you know we now have the two brightest...

 

Mountain Skies: Perseid Meteor Shower Due This Weekend

The Stars For the constellation study this time, let us go a bit later in the evening than usual. Rising in the northeast about sunset is the beautiful constellation of Cassiopeia, the queen, sometimes referred to as “the lady in the chair.” Cass...

 

Mountain Skies: The 'Summer Triangle' Is For The Birds!

Now that summer is upon us, it's not too early to look high in the east in the early evening for the so-called "Summer Triangle." This pattern of three bright stars is not one of the classical...

 

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