August Skies

Finally the air is starting to clear and nights are getting longer! There have been some very nice nights in the past two weeks to observe the wonders of the night sky. The moon is new on July the 30th and August 28th so take advantage of the days before and after the new moon …

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July Skies

June was pretty much a bust astronomically speaking; short nights and lots of clouds and rain. Not to mention the small tornado that touched down at Dark Ridge on June 15th. Fortunately no one was injured and only minor limb and tree damage to homes at BMP. Unfortunately there are hundreds of downed trees blocking …

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June Skies

Better late than never! Its been a great week at Balsam and June is off to a great start. 78 degrees for a high is way better than 95 in Atlanta! The night skies this month will be warm and occasionally hazy with summertime moisture. I have noticed that mostly cloudy skis at dusk often …

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April Skies

If the weather cooperates this weekend be sure the check out the march of planets in the morning sky. Details of what it will look like here. Way behind once again this month. My official excuse is that I just returned from the 10th annual Northeast Astronomy Forum (NEAF). Its the largest gathering of amateur …

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March Skies

I have been remiss in posting this month due to being busy moving from our home in Atlanta into our new condo. Downsizing is a lot of work! From the deck on our 19th floor condo we observed elusive Mercury last night around 8:00 PM EDT. It was below and to the right of Jupiter …

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Lunar Halo

Those who attended the Romance on the Mountain dinner at the Boarding House last Saturday were treated to a wonderful dinner and a wonderful celestial event afterward. Looking up as we were walking out (yes much wine was consumed but our eyes were still sharp) we saw the most prominent lunar halo I have ever …

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February Skies

This month the three brightest planets, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn battle the sky for prominence beginning in the early evening as Jupiter sets in the west and Saturn rises in the east. If its not to cold out, grab your telescope or a good pair of binoculars and try to see the shadow of the …

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Amazing eclipse photo

The solar eclipse on Monday was not visible from the U.S. but accomplished amateur astronomer Thierry Legault captured this amazing image from Oman showing the sun eclipsed by the moon, a prominent sunspot and the International Space Station which just happened to be passing by. Check it out! http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap110105.html