Mark Sweberg's Columns

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A December’s Winter Night

Entry Date: Mar 11, 2014

Published Under: Mark Sweberg's Columns

The deep, dark and incredibly cold winter’s night had begun. It was going to be a good one. It was 7pm, and already a steady stream of visitors was making its way to the sixteen-inch telescope in the dome, and a line was forming outside. This... more
Comet Lovejoy meets Venus

Entry Date: Feb 4, 2014

Published Under: Mark Sweberg's Columns

I had driven down to Point Judith, ostensibly to look for Comet Lovejoy. The previous week, Comet ISON, which the media had heralded as a possible comet of the century, dominated the conversation during Thanksgiving dinner. Hopes were raised that it wo... more
Bob's Aurora Borealis

Entry Date: Jan 15, 2014

Published Under: Mark Sweberg's Columns

Bob liked to talk about one thing and one thing only: the aurora borealis. He could tell you anything you could ever possibly want to know about the northern lights, and then some. He might go on for hours in his monotone voice, if allowed. His know... more
Remembering Carl Sagan

Entry Date: Dec 12, 2013

Published Under: Mark Sweberg's Columns

As a young man on a cross country road trip/relocation to San Francisco, I stood on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, mesmerized and lost in the sublime. "I can't believe she dragged me 2,000 miles to look at a hole in the ground," a harried, sweating... more