Driftless Dark Skies: Stargazing with Venus

Driftless Dark Skies: Stargazing with Venus

Venus, our sibling planet, is good evening company the rest of this winter and into the summer. After the Sun and Moon, Venus is the brightest object in the sky and the first “star” visible in the twilight. As February begins, the Sun sets in the southwest around...
Driftless Dark Skies: Winter Asterisms

Driftless Dark Skies: Winter Asterisms

The January sky glitters with gatherings of stars known as asterisms. Asterisms tend to be smaller than familiar constellations such as Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull, and Auriga the Goatherder. While asterisms do not enjoy the “official” status of the 88...
Driftless Dark Skies: Moon Occults Mars

Driftless Dark Skies: Moon Occults Mars

Mars will be glowing like an ember all night long in the December sky as we end 2022. It rises in the northeast at sunset, passes high across the southern sky, and sets in the northwest at sunrise. The Red Planet will be brighter than any star and almost as bright as...
Driftless Dark Skies: Beaver Moon Eclipse

Driftless Dark Skies: Beaver Moon Eclipse

​On the morning of Tuesday, November 8th, we can watch the Full Beaver Moon be transformed as it passes through the shadow of the Earth. There is much that I love about lunar eclipses. I love their leisurely pace. This one happens slowly over 160 minutes. I love their...
Driftless Dark Skies: Autumnal Stargazing

Driftless Dark Skies: Autumnal Stargazing

We enjoy awesome starry skies in the Driftless, and fall is an excellent time to be amazed by them. The skies darken earlier and the nights are longer. The Sun sets before 7pm and the sky is fully dark by 8pm. Mosquitoes are gone. Humidity is lower. The stars are...