Category Archives: Stars

Backyard Observing

All last week, I looked forward to the weekend as a chance to get some astronomical observing accomplished. The weather forecast seemed too good to be true: Sunny and clear, highs in the mid 70s and lows in the 50s, … Continue reading

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Autumn Arrives and Adventures in Astronomical Observing

Autumn arrived mid-week here in the Heart of America, but you wouldn’t have known it by looking at the weather forecast:  Mid 90s and moderately high humidity.  Also with the change of the seasons, I retired my FitBit Charge (or … Continue reading

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Full Moon Merry Christmas

Tomorrow, just after six o’clock in the morning and just as the sun is rising, we’ll experience the first full moon to occur on Christmas Day since 1977.  I wasn’t even in high school yet in 1977 (although my husband … Continue reading

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Sun Dogs on Snow Day

The day after the Kansas City metro area got nearly a foot of snow dumped on it, I ventured out to return to work.  Most of the local schools and some businesses remained closed that day, but not my employer … Continue reading

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Messier 82 and SN 2014J – January 29, 2014 | Astronomy Sketch of the Day

http://www.asod.info/?p=11394 Nice sketch of the Cigar galaxy and the recent supernova. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

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What was the Star of Bethlehem, really?

http://io9.com/what-was-the-star-of-bethlehem-really-1485609615 Some speculation on what the Star of Bethlehem might have been, really. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

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How to Start Right in Astronomy – Stargazing Basics – SkyandTelescope.com

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/howto/basics/How_to_Start_Right_in_Astronomy.html Good advice from Sky & Telescope Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

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