The Moon, Mars, a Comet, and Maybe a Fireball (Astronomy: Week of 7/22/18)

Wow, there's a lot of cool stuff going on in the night sky this week.  I can't wait til this pattern of East Coast thunderstorms lets me see it!  Let me give a quick rundown, in the order of my own particular interest and excitement.  Your mileage may vary. Mars at Opposition Mars is back,…Read more The Moon, Mars, a Comet, and Maybe a Fireball (Astronomy: Week of 7/22/18)

Super-Everything to Kick Off 2018! (Astronomy: Week of 12/31/17)

OK, so... there might be a little bit of exaggeration in this title, but not much!  Let's get to it! First off, we'll be ringing in the New Year with the year's first Supermoon, on New Year's Day!  It's bigger, it's brighter!  Because it's closer... the full Moon just happen to occur within a day…Read more Super-Everything to Kick Off 2018! (Astronomy: Week of 12/31/17)

The Geminids Are Here! (Astronomy: Week of 12/10/17)

It's time for one of the most reliable meteor showers of the year, the Geminids - and unlike last year's show (and the Perseids earlier this year), the Moon won't be around to spoil the party.  In fact, the Moon is giving somewhat of an encore to early morning viewers, rising as a waning crescent…Read more The Geminids Are Here! (Astronomy: Week of 12/10/17)

The Moon! The Sun! The Meteors! (Astronomy: Week of 12/3/17)

Welcome to December, everybody!  It's hard to believe it's already December, and that 2017 is almost over... but here we are. I'm posting my weekly backyard astronomy thoughts a day early this week, because I don't want you to miss the gloriously big, last (and only) Supermoon of the year, tonight, Dec 2.  Now, the…Read more The Moon! The Sun! The Meteors! (Astronomy: Week of 12/3/17)

Planets and Meteors (Astronomy: Week of 11/12/17)

Last week I published a couple teasers on what were then "upcoming" events, so this week's highlights should be on your radar.  I've been patiently waiting through a week of almost nonstop rain, so I'm looking forward to all this as well. First - the Leonid meteor shower is upon us.  Unlike the last two…Read more Planets and Meteors (Astronomy: Week of 11/12/17)