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The bull and its neighbors

February 2, 2016 The Great Orion Nebula is without a doubt a spectacular sight in the evening sky this time of year. more »»

Jupiter rising

January 19, 2016 Jupiter will rise over Tupper Lake at 9:20 tonight. It actually paused in its apparent motion relative to the stars on Jan. 8. more »»

Morning light will greet us earlier

January 5, 2016 On Sunday morning, Jan. 3, the sun rose over Tupper Lake at the latest time for the winter, 7:33:34 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on a flat horizon. more »»

Embracing the solstice

December 22, 2015 At 12:48 this morning, the sun reached its southernmost point in the sky and started moving back to the north. more »»

The Pisces-Perseus Supercluster

December 8, 2015 The Perseus Cluster of galaxies that I discussed in my last column (Nov. 24), is not an isolated entity. more »»

Two galaxies come into view

November 24, 2015 In my last column on Nov. 10, I wrote about some star clusters in the western sky just after sunset. more »»

Check out the brightest stars in the night’s sky

November 10, 2015 Now that we’ve changed back to standard time, the sky darkens very early. By 6 p.m., even moderately bright stars become visible. more »»

Planetary movements

April 28, 2015 The glittering constellations of the Adirondack winter skies are plunging into the western horizon quickly. As the sky finally darkens at 9 p.m. more »»

Happy anniversary, Hubble

April 14, 2015 The Adirondack Public Observatory, located in Tupper Lake, was established to increase interest and provide resources for observing and learning about the realm beyond planet Eart. more »»

Wild above Europa

March 31, 2015 Jupiter, the king of the planets, ends its westward movement toward the constellation Cancer in April and turns back toward Leo, as described in a recent column. more »»

Of Ireland and equinoxes

March 17, 2015 On Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. EDT, the vernal equinox will occur as the sun crosses the celestial equator. more »»

A beginner’s guide to optical telescopes

March 3, 2015 Optical telescopes have been around for a very long time. more »»

Venus rises

February 17, 2015 While we’ve been busy with holidays, snow-shoveling and stacking firewood (as well as those pesky day jobs), the evening sky has been marching to the west one degree per day as the sun has been... more »»

Winter observing

February 3, 2015 (Editor’s note: Another member of the Adirondack Public Observatory will take over for Aileen O’Donoghue this week. more »»

Comets fill the nights sky

January 20, 2015 Comets have been in the news this year, and this month we have the opportunity to view one with our own eye. more »»

When the sky gets a little darker again

January 6, 2015 I hope your chaise lounge is still accessible as there are more astronomical treasures near the zenith to explore in the early parts of these deep, dark nights. more »»

Cold nights provide a look at night’s sky

December 16, 2014 The tree frogs and insects whose choruses throb through the summer nights have all died, been driven away or into hibernation, making the long Adirondack nights of winter can be deeply silent, broke... more »»

Awesomely mysterious objects

December 2, 2014 Once more, the northern hemisphere leans away from the sun as we approach the winter solstice. Night falls earliest in the Adirondacks in these early December days. more »»

Constellations come out tonight

April 29, 2014 After having brightened the sky through our long winter nights, the lovely constellations of Taurus with the Pleaides, Orion with his jeweled belt, Canis Major with dazzling bright Sirius, Canis... more »»

Types of lunar eclipses

April 15, 2014 Last night we experienced the first total lunar eclipse since Dec. 10, 2011. I’m writing this in advance of the lunar eclipse, and the forecast for watching it isn’t looking good. more »»



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