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A Country That Respects Its Astronomical History

A Country That Respects Its Astronomical History Brazil is a land that has an incredibly rich legacy in astronomy, and without a doubt, the country respects that history. I learned that...

Of Earth Shadows and Eclipses

On the evening of February 10, 2017, I saw the shadow of the Earth extend all the way to the Moon as night fell. Nightfall happens every evening. The Sun sets, and towards the east a dark...

Of a Comet and History

Last week I got a good visual observation of Comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, (41P) one of the earliest known periodic comets.  It was a fat, little “faint fuzzy” spot of light projected...

National Sharing the Sky Foundation

National Sharing the Sky Foundation A very special year has begun.  As readers around the world celebrate the incoming year, they also are firming up their plans for viewing some...

A Canal, A Telescope, and A Star

A Canal, A Telescope, and A Star             What does a canal have to do with the night sky?  For me, plenty.  I remember visiting the Lachine Canal many times as a child...

A Streak of Light

It was a flash, a single streak of light that got me started in astronomy almost sixty years ago.  I have written in this column about this event before, but in thinking about it, I want...

My First Mentor

  Over many years, as I tried to find my bearings in the night sky, I have been aided by mentors. Dozens, possibly hundreds, of people have helped me to find my way, and each one would...

“Uncle Wiggly Wings”

“Uncle Wiggly Wings” Is Alive And Well And Living In Green Valley by Dave Falkner Uncle Wiggly Wings was a pilot.  His real name is Colonel Gail Halvorsen.  After WWII, Germany was...

What Is Your Favorite Telescope?

What is the best telescope in the world to use for viewing the night sky? For most of us, I believe the answer would be the Hubble space telescope. Since its launch in 1990, and its...

Of Friendships and Mentors

When I wrote recently about the many advantages to meeting other people who enjoy the sky, it is possible that the people I left out were even more important than those included. One of...