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Category - Skyward

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...

A Joy That’s Shared Is A Joy Made Double

“A joy that’s shared is a joy made double.” – American Proverb If looking through a telescope at Saturn’s rings, or the crescent Moon, or a comet, is a fun thing to do, then...

Shakespeare and The Great Stella Nova 

Cited by many as the greatest writer who ever lived, William Shakespeare died in late April 1616.  When the four hundredth anniversary of his death passed by with nary a mention, it seemed...

A Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon

by David Levy   I have now seen 83 eclipses during my life, ranging from total eclipses of the Sun (I’ve seen 11 of those) to, at the other extreme, penumbral eclipses of the Moon...

Skyward with David H. Levy

One Sky- One World       The night sky is not restricted to a specific country, or even to a specific area of the world. In fact, the sky that we see from the United States...

Skyward

Anyone can enjoy the night sky. While this column is intended specifically for those who enjoy going outside and relishing the wonders of the night, it is also meant for musicians who, like...