The use of the phrase “dog days” can be traced back over 2,000 years to the early Greek civilization.
This coming Friday evening, I will be conducting a summer stargazing event out at the Yampa River State Park campground, three miles west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40, beginning at 9 p.m.
It’s been a big year for the dwarf planets in our solar system. It was about one year ago that the world got its first view of the little planet Pluto, when the New Horizons spacecraft shot through the Pluto system like a speeding bullet.
This celestial scorpion scurries across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.
If you are an Ophiuchan, please raise your hand. Hmm … I’m not seeing many hands out there. Perhaps you are an Ophiuchan and don’t know it. Please allow me to explain.
You are invited to join me and other astronomy enthusiasts from around the community for the Stagecoach Star Party at 9 p.m. Saturday June 18 at the Morrison Cove Boat Ramp on the south shore side of Stagecoach State Park.
Once the lingering twilight of late spring fades, you can see the misty star clouds of the Milky Way arching across our summer sky, from the northeast, all the way to the south.
There is no bigger celestial “wow” moment than seeing the planet Saturn through a telescope for the first time.
Winging his way across our springtime sky is a delightful little constellation named Corvus, the Crow.
Night owls and early risers might have noticed recently a dazzling orange object shining low in the southern sky in the hours near midnight.
In about an hour, “Hectostar” had written itself. Here it is. Enjoy.
For seven and a half hours on May 9, Mercury will slowly transit all the way across the face of the sun, although, we in Colorado won’t see the entire event.
The Spring Diamond asterism, also called the Virgin’s Diamond, is marked at its corners by four of the brightest stars sparkling in the spring sky: Arcturus, Spica, Cor Caroli, and Denebola.
The one naked-eye planet most folks probably have never seen is the planet Mercury. Mercury is not only the closest planet to the sun, but it also became the solar system’s smallest planet after Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006.
Though the Southern Cross is the tiniest of our 88 official constellations, its reputation is far larger than its actual size, even though most people living in the Northern Hemisphere have never seen it.