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Cold, clear skies

January 7, 2014 Snow and ice are piled everywhere as we settle into deepest winter. more »»

Days are getting longer following winter soltice

December 24, 2013 Since the winter solstice occurred close to noon (12:11 p.m.) on Dec. 21 this year, both Friday and Saturday nights in Tupper lake were the same length, 15 hours and 9 minutes from sunset to sunris. more »»

Venus and Jupiter linger in night’s sky

December 10, 2013 As Venus has been lingering over the western horizon in the evenings, Jupiter has been rising in the east. Tonight it will rise at 6:30 p.m., 25 minutes before Venus sets. more »»

Venus glows overhead

November 12, 2013 The Adirondack nights are again lengthening as Earth’s orbital motion tilts the northern hemisphere away from the sun. more »»

On tap in the summer night’s sky

April 30, 2013 This column, like the glittering stars of winter, disappears abruptly when the evenings lengthen. more »»

The night sky in spring

April 16, 2013 The waxing crescent moon has been climbing higher in the western sunset sky since last Wednesday. more »»

Galaxies and clusters

April 2, 2013 Space is vast and seems to go on forever. more »»

Faint fuzzies

March 19, 2013 The nights this time of year are starting later. That’s a good thing, giving you more daylight after the work hours, but for people like us that love astronomy it hurts us a little bit. more »»

Comet Pan-STARRS

March 5, 2013 The closing of the Isthmus of Panama, cutting off the equatorial flow between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, was just about complete 5 million years ago when, in the far reaches of the solar... more »»

Danger and beauty

February 19, 2013 Just four days ago, we dodged a bullet ... figuratively. An asteroid named 2012 DA14 passed by the Earth at a distance of about 17,000 miles and traveling at 4.8 miles per second. more »»

The brighter stars

January 22, 2013 You may have already noticed that the sun is setting later and later as the days go on. more »»

Changes among the stars

January 8, 2013 On the last day of 1919, revelers gathered to toast 1920 as a new, 5-foot-diameter iron ball lit with 100 25-Watt light bulbs was lowered down the flagpole of One Times Squar. more »»

The darkness at hand

November 27, 2012 In one stroke, it just got a lot darker. Standard Time returns. The sun now rises and sets one hour earlier. That’s not really true. We just make up the time of day. more »»

Looking up to the cold

November 13, 2012 Welcome back to our exploration of the wilderness above, a deep wilderness that stretches our imaginations with each new object we discover. more »»

Summer night sky events to look forward to

April 17, 2012 This is my last column for the summer. After this, Eye on Invasives by Hilary Smith will fill this every-other-Tuesday slot, so let me tell you about astronomical summer events and program. more »»

Be on the lookout tonight: Pleiades is in sight

April 3, 2012 The weather forecast says we should enjoy clear skies tonight. So just as it darkens after sunset, grab a pair of binoculars and look to Venus in the western sky. more »»

Mars rises in spring sky

March 20, 2012 As Jupiter sinks into the west at sunset, a smaller, nearer solar system neighbor rises in the east: Mars. more »»

Mercury in the night’s sky

March 6, 2012 This month, Mercury makes one of its fleeting appearances in the evening sky. It swung around the far side of the sun on Feb. 7 and has been slowly rising into the sunset sky. more »»

The shining —what’s twinkling above

February 21, 2012 The moon will be new at 5:36 this evening. That means it will be aligned with the sun in our sky and, thus, invisible. more »»

Long winter nights slowly fading away

February 7, 2012 After the long nights of December and early January, the sun’s northward motion is bringing longer days to the Adirondacks, beginning to awaken the land from its winter slumber, starting with the... more »»



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