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Signals from beyond Earth

January 24, 2012 Before you read this, if you have access to an FM radio, tune through the frequencies until you find one that has very little signal and is mostly static. more »»

Venus in the night’s sky

January 5, 2012 After passing behind the sun last August, Venus has swung out to the east of the sun as it comes around toward Earth. more »»

Winter soltice

December 13, 2011 It is the darkest time of year. The earliest sunset for the Adirondacks occurred on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4:19 p.m. (on a flat horizon). more »»

Viewing opportunity in early morning darkness

November 29, 2011 Many of us have the opportunity to leave for work before sunrise in December and January, and it’s worth pausing to view the objects that will move into the evening sky through the winter. more »»

Jupiter shines bright on these cold nights

November 15, 2011 As the wind sharpens with cold and the nights lengthen, Jupiter will again illuminate a dark part of the sky and accompany us through the winter. more »»

Summer constellations

April 19, 2011 As night retreats before the northward march of the sun, the winter stars fade over the western horizon. So, too, this column will fade into the bright evenin. more »»

New things to see as spring/summer approaches

April 5, 2011 The winter sky will disappear abruptly as the apparent westward motion of the stars meets the sun’s northward motion lengthening the day. By the end of May, Orion will set before the sky darkens. more »»

Springing ahead

March 22, 2011 After “springing ahead” into Daylight Saving Time, evening darkness comes much later in the Adirondacks. more »»

The sun and moon travel through the sky

March 8, 2011 The rapid lengthening of the days makes it clear that, however long the winters may seem in the Adirondacks, spring is inevitable. On Sunday, March 20 at 7:21 p.m. more »»

Leo lights up the night’s sky

February 22, 2011 Leo, the king of beasts, the great lion, has risen into our evening skies. As the diagram shows, Leo is one of the few constellations that actually looks like what it is supposed to be. more »»

A sliver of moon

February 8, 2011 A thin, crescent moon started appearing in the western sky over the weeken. more »»

A sky-high accessory

January 25, 2011 Orion’s brilliant white belt, an asterism known to every culture on Earth, is with us again to accompany us through the winter nights. more »»

The Alpha Persei cluster

January 11, 2011 As winter settles in on the Adirondacks, a cosmic parade of brilliant constellations rises to illuminate the night. more »»


December 28, 2010 Jupiter has been shining brightly in the southeastern sky during early evening since mid-September. This week, it can be found almost due south at 10 p.. more »»

Locating the Summer Triangle

December 28, 2010 Summer fades to memory as smoke curls from chimneys and forests of sticks emerge from brilliant blankets of red and gold. more »»

Early winter constellations

December 28, 2010 The time for spending the evening in the chaise lounge is mostly gone, but it’s worth dragging it out and piling on some warm blankets to spend some time feasting your eyes on the sky above. more »»

Long nights make for good star gazing

December 28, 2010 Daylight dwindles to a few wan hours during December in the Adirondacks. For astronomers, it’s an exciting time of long nights, but most people look forward to the return of the light. more »»

Early morning star gazing

December 28, 2010 Long nights at the end of the year have most of us rising well before dawn. Though we may long for light, the dark morning sky presents its own beauty worth exploring before the rush of the day. more »»



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