The star that marks the eye of Medusa is a most remarkable star named Algol, which means the “Demon Star.”
The autumn sky is dominated by several giant constellations that eat up a lot of territory, but tucked in between these sky-hogs are a few tiny constellations that are a snap to locate precisely because they are so compact.
Uranus. There, I said it. Well, giggles or not, I am writing today to inform you that now is the prime time to see Uranus up in the sky.
Uranus. There, I said it. The very thought of having to utter the name of the seventh planet in public is enough to strike fear in the heart of even a veteran reporter.
Shining brightly in the southern sky, as darkness falls, is one of autumn’s few bright stars, a blue gem named Fomalhaut (pronounced FOAM-a-low).
Autumn officially arrived Thursday, and with it, come cool, clear fall evenings, perfect for stargazing. The sun is setting well before 7 p.m. now, so stargazing can commence much earlier than during the summer months.
This year, the season of autumn officially arrives for the northern hemisphere at 7:21 a.m. Thursday, Colorado time. Our season of autumn begins the instant the Sun crosses the equator on its way south.
When I was a knee-high astronomer, one of our favorite constellations was a distinctive pattern of five bright stars that we called “The W.”
Stroll outside on any late summer evening, look straight up and three very bright stars will catch your eye. These stars are named Vega, Deneb and Altair, and their familiar pattern is nicknamed the Summer Triangle.
Just go outside around 9:30 p.m. and look straight up. There’s the Summer Triangle, right overhead.
Only two constellations can be traced back to actual historical figures. One is Coma Berenices, a spring constellation representing the hair of Queen Berenices of Egypt. The other is the summer constellation named Scutum Sobiescianum, or Scutum, for short.
While you were outside watching for Perseid meteors last week, did you notice the sky full of planets?
The annual Perseid meteor shower is cranking up this week and is expected to peak just before dawn on Friday morning.
The distinctive V-shaped group of stars that forms the face of this summertime bull bears a striking resemblance to the more familiar face of our wintertime bull, Taurus.
When the summer sun goes down, three of the first stars to peep through the lingering twilight are the bright stars that form the unmistakable asterism called the Summer Triangle.