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 By Bob Hayward    Lifestyles

Mountain Skies – ETA Aquarid Meteors Fly Thursday Morning

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower The Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks about 10 p.m. EDT Wednesday night. Thus, the best time for observing will be in the predawn hours Thursday morning... — Updated 5/3/2021


Mars Fading But Not Forgotten

The Planets We are still experiencing that beautiful march of the three visible outer planets in the evening sky. The red planet Mars is well up in the east after sunset. It passed through its opposition and closest approach to... — Updated 11/5/2020

 By Bob Hayward    Features

Mountain Skies: The Moon Passes Three Planets This Week

The Planets They're getting closer! The classical planets are those visible to the naked eye and, thus, seen and named in historical times. Each day four of the five classical... — Updated 4/6/2020


Mountain Skies: Moon And Two Planets Appear Before July 4 Fireworks

The Planets Mercury and Mars are quickly disappearing from the evening sky along with Venus in the predawn sky. As the earth continues to pull away from Mars, that brilliant red... — Updated 7/1/2019


Mountain Skies: Mars And Mercury Flip-Flop In The Evening Sky

The Planets Mars has been slowly sinking into the evening twilight since late last year. Late last month, it was joined by Mercury, which came out from behind the sun and can now be... — Updated 6/17/2019


Mountain Skies: Four Planets Before Midnight This Month

The Stars An early evening in June is sometimes referred to as “The Arcturus Hour.” One can find this brilliant ginger-colored star by using the handle of the Big Dipper.... — Updated 6/3/2019


Mountain Skies: The Planets Are Coming! The Planets Are Coming!

The Planets As we mentioned above, the Earth orbits the sun in a year. That’s 360 degrees in 365¼ days roughly. The effect of this to our observing is that the entire sky appears to be 1° farther west every 24 hours. This is... — Updated 5/20/2019


Mountain Skies: Jupiter And Saturn Shift Into Reverse

The Stars We know spring is now in full swing as we watch Leo, the lion, climb higher in the eastern sky each night. See if you can spot a pattern traditionally referred to as the sickle. This marks the head and mane of the... — Updated 4/22/2019


Mountain Skies: Mars Crosses Face Of Taurus, The Bull

The Planets Under normal circumstances the beautiful planet Venus, now our “morning star” in the east before dawn, is the brightest nighttime object after the moon. The second brightest planet is usually the giant Jupiter.... — Updated 4/8/2019


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... — Updated 3/18/2019


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... — Updated 3/4/2019

 By Bob Hayward    Features

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.,... — Updated 1/7/2019


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... — Updated 6/18/2018


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... — Updated 8/7/2017


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... — Updated 7/17/2017


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