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Jimmy Westlake: The king and queen of the sky

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.”

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Jimmy Westlake: Explore the Northern Cross

Just go outside around 9:30 p.m. and look straight up. There’s the Summer Triangle, right overhead.

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Jimmy Westlake: See a sky full of planets this week

While you were outside watching for Perseid meteors last week, did you notice the sky full of planets?

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Jimmy Westlake: A banner year for Perseid meteors

The annual Perseid meteor shower is cranking up this week and is expected to peak just before dawn on Friday morning.

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Jimmy Westlake: Poniatowski’s bull

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Welcome to the dog days of summer

The use of the phrase “dog days” can be traced back over 2,000 years to the early Greek civilization.

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Jimmy Westlake: Yampa River Star Party this Friday

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: Scorpius livens up the summer sky

This celestial scorpion scurries across our southern sky on summer evenings, so this month is prime time for scorpion hunting.

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Jimmy Westlake: Stagecoach Star Party will ‘Embrace the Moonlight’

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.

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Jimmy Westlake: A dark horse in the Milky Way

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.

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