Category Archives: stars

Chasing Fuzzy Wuzzies in the Night

God made us curious. We find something interesting, then we look further. It was that way with the burning bush (Old Testament event) and it is that way for most things. The tendency gets really basic because we question who we … Continue reading

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Starry Hosts Brought Together!! (lesson 7)

So tonight or the next night you have time, you get to see the “marshaled starry host” for yourself if you follow the simple instructions here. Feel free to copy them and the drawing that helps show what to do. … Continue reading

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Summer Skies and Coming Lessons

We had started a small series of blog posts for new observers of the heavens. The next couple lessons give some newcomers a chance to observe and “oldcomers” a chance to review some skills we have covered. SUMMER IS SPECIAL … Continue reading

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Naked Eyes–Naked Sky (Lesson 1)

The dream or quest of many observers of the heavens is more and more reach or, in other words, more and more aperture. “Birders” are often the same. First they want a good binocular, then a better one, then a … Continue reading

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The Delight of Sarah’s Galaxy

Sarah’s Galaxy, which is NGC-3628, is delightful to observe. The historical trail to the name is more obscure. One reference cites that the galaxy was named after a poet in the 1800s, but little else is apparent. The name sounds like there is a link … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Star Failure

Planetary nebula’s are an interesting class of objects. Usually they are small (compared to common deep sky objects) and almost look like stars in a small telescope. But, you cannot quite get them focused. That is the hint that it is … Continue reading

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The Heavenly Beauty of Contrast

I had not looked at the heavens in earnest until I was 50. If I looked at the night skies, they pretty much all seemed the same. Are they? We thrive on contrast. It can be contrast or variety or … Continue reading

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