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An Early Holiday Treat for Stargazers

Entry Date: Dec 10, 2018

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

As the year advances into the month of December, sunrise times occur much later in the morning, while sunset times occur much earlier. Here in southern New England the latest sunrise is around 7:13:09 a.m. on January 2, whereas the earliest sunset is a... more
Picture Perfect for the Perseids

Entry Date: Aug 2, 2018

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

If the sky is clear on the night of August 12-13 (Sunday night – Monday morning) I suggest you plan on selecting a dark sky location from which to observe the annual Perseid meteor shower. The Perseids are the second best display of shooting stars, r... more
Stunning Saturn Shares Summer Sky

Entry Date: Jul 2, 2018

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been touting the prime-time return of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Last month I provided an observer’s guide to Jupiter. Bright Jupiter continues to be easily observable during July, starting out the month about 35... more
June is for Jupiter

Entry Date: Jun 4, 2018

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

Recently there’s been a drought of naked-eye planets to observe. Although amateur astronomers had been able to sneak a few peeks of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars between midnight and dawn during spring, inclement weather once again limited their observat... more