David Huestis's Columns

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Starry Nights of February

Entry Date: Feb 13, 2017

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

Winter can be a challenge to amateur astronomers in southern New England. The weather can be very snowy, or the temperatures can be so low that even I need some special incentive to venture outdoors to observe. However, if Mother Nature can provide us ... more
Astronomical Highlights of 2017

Entry Date: Jan 4, 2017

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

Ever since I became interested in astronomy in the early 1970s I was aware of a total solar eclipse that would cross the United States diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina. Well, as of January 1 that spectacular event will be a mere 233 days away o... more
November Skies Have Something for Everyone

Entry Date: Nov 1, 2016

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

“Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?” —... more
Darkest Skies in Southern New England

Entry Date: Sep 7, 2016

Published Under: David Huestis's Columns

It's the best kept secret in/of ____________. You've all heard the phrase before. Just fill in the blank. It would be hard to believe there are any secrets in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union. But it is true because native Rhode Islanders ... more