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Category - Skyward

Anger Issues, However Inappropriate

With cloudy night after a cloudy night, passing us by this summer, one wonders whether it would be appropriate to hit a baseball onto the floor or something to encourage the sky to clear...

The Summer of 2017

Summer is my favorite season, and Summer is also my favorite granddaughter.  When I was growing up in Montreal, summer was the only time of year when the weather was warm enough to spend...

The Partial Phases of August’s Eclipse

On August 21 this summer, the long shadow of the Moon will race across the United States, offering millions of people a look at the Sun’s magnificent atmosphere, its corona.  But for the...

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...