Eye To The Sky


Eye to the Sky-Mars to appear much bigger, brighter in spring

This spring will bring us the best view of Mars in seven years.

Eye to the Sky-January is Venus’s month to shine for Earthlings

During December when you looked to the southwest at sunset, you saw a bright star about 20 to 30 degrees above the horizon. It wasn’t really a star, but the planet Venus.

Eye to the Sky-Sun’s forces render comet ISON to dust and rubble

The “comet of the century” died before its time.

Eye to the Sky-, Eye to the Sky-Ancient traveler could be comet of the decade

In August I introduced you to comet ISON. In the last two months we have learned much more about the comet.

Eye to the Sky-Column: Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space

About every 175 years the orbits of the outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune — are arranged so that a spacecraft on a particular flight path can swing from one planet to the next without the need for large onboard propulsion systems.

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Eye to the Sky-‘Comet of the century (maybe)’ coming soon

During the formation of our solar system — in the outer regions where it is cold enough to permit ices of water, methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide to exist — the comets were born.

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Eye to the Sky-Perseid meteor showers to rain down in August

Every year in mid-August the Earth intersects the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet. Lewis Swift and Horace Tuttle independently discovered this comet in 1862.

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Eye to the Sky-Today's telescopes superior to earlier models

There are many objects in the sky you can see with your unaided eyes, but these are only a small fraction of the objects you can see if you use a telescope.

Eye to the Sky-Saturn remains a stargazer’s delight for June nights

Saturn during April and May was the closest, biggest and brightest it will be during 2013. And it will still be a great view in June.

Eye to the Sky-Celestial motion computer dates back to ancient Greece

Since the beginning of recorded history, people who have looked at the night sky have tried to understand and predict the motions of the stars.

Eye to the Sky-April to bring meteor showers

Every year in late April, those of us who watch the night sky are treated to the Lyrid meteor shower. Not to be confused with the Leonid shower that occurs in November, this shower has been viewed longer than any other, with its first recorded observation over 2,600 years ago.

Eye to the Sky-System to map the stars analogous to how we map the Earth

How can we tell someone else where something is located in the sky?

Eye to the Sky-Calendars in focus as year turns over

This week we marked the end of the year 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

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Eye to the Sky-Know the constellations to build your map of the heavens

On any given clear night, you can see more than 1,000 stars.

Eye to the Sky-Late-night light show on its way mid-month

The Leonids are coming. During the late-night hours of Nov. 17, the Leonid meteor shower should peak with a rate of 15-20 meteors per hour at a dark site.