Evening Skies

August is NOT the End of Summer


Lately August has started to take on the feeling of autumn. Kids are dreading going back to school, the stores are stocking new school supplies, football teams are thinking about two-a-day practices.  Yet despite all the back to school hype, … Continue reading

Globular Clusters, the Ancient Outliers

July2013 Chart

By Rod Kennedy When the summer makes the days unbearable, we often seek refuge indoors.  Anyplace from museums to the local library can be a welcome oasis from the heat of the sun.  However, in Wyoming the evenings are often … Continue reading

Virgo Offers a Different Sort of Observing Experience


by Rod Kennedy June 2013 may seem rather anti-climatic after the triple conjunction of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in May.  However, while Jupiter is lost in the glare of the sun, Mercury and Venus will continue to be visible, as … Continue reading

Rare Triple Conjunction Graces May Skies


by Rod Kennedy One advantage to observing planets is that a telescope is not required to see them (at least not the five “classical” planets known to the ancients.  All that is required is a general knowledge of the constellations … Continue reading

Leo Offers Telescopic Marvels

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by Rod Kennedy Spring is a great season to get outdoors.  The days are mild and the nights are usually clear and steady.  However, the night skies of April are somewhat empty of bright constellations.  The bright constellations of winter … Continue reading

Orion’s Belt Rich in Observing Targets


By Rod Kennedy As winter winds down and spring approaches, the stars of winter begin to creep toward the western horizon.  This means that March is the best time to get one last look at these bright constellations.  A favorite … Continue reading

Stellar Evolution Laboratory, Right Outside Your Back Door


One of the most often questions asked about astronomy is “how do we know?”  Unlike physics and chemistry, which allow for direct, hands-on experimentation, astronomy is a science that must be done remotely.  The other challenge is that processes in … Continue reading

Easy Targets for New Telescopes


Easy Targets for New Telescopes by Rod Kennedy Happy New Year fellow sky watchers!  Obviously the world didn’t end on December 21st  so now we can turn our attention back to the skies for learning and appreciating.  Observers who received … Continue reading