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The stars at night are big and bright, deep in . . . New Zealand?
December 6, 2012 · Be The First To Comment

Editor’s note: This blog is one of a series of travelogues by HMNS VP of Astronomy Carolyn Sumners, sent from the two-week solar eclipse viewing trip she led to the South Pacific. Astrophotography by Gary Young. The stars of the southern hemisphere are fantastic, with the brilliant Milky Way stretching from near the hunter, Orion, […]

The Celestial Sea
November 28, 2011 · 3 Comments

As you look up into a November sky right at nightfall, you may notice fewer bright stars than at other times of year. No, it’s not just the glare from Houston hiding most of the stars from view–there really are fewer bright stars in the November evening sky than in, say, February or August. To […]

Go Stargazing! September Edition
September 2, 2010 · Be The First To Comment

Venus and Mars have left Saturn behind in the night sky (check out my earlier blog on the position of the planets). You can spot the star Spica in between Mars and Venus during this time of year. (Spica is similar to Mars in brightness and closer to Venus than to Mars).   Cloud structure in The Venusian […]

Go Stargazing! August Edition
August 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

This month the great planet race continues, as Venus, Mars and Saturn form a triangle in the west.  Watch the triangle change shape each night as Venus overtakes Saturn and then Mars! Venus is by far the brightest of the three planets.  Face west at dusk and look for a point of light that outshines […]



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