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Fall Color Views

Fall Color Views

Fall colors explode throughout the Driftless and the many winding roads through the hills and valleys can lead to spectacular views.

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Driftless Dark Skies: Moons and Mars

Driftless Dark Skies: Moons and Mars

October begins and ends with Full Moons. On October 1, the Full Harvest Moon rises in the east around 7:05pm right after the sun sets in the west at 6:45. The Harvest Moon is the one closest to the Autumnal Equinox on September 22. And because lunar cycles are 29 ½...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Comet Tales

Driftless Dark Skies: Comet Tales

We’ll carry with us many memories of the Summer of 2020, but one of my favorites will be the three weeks in July when Comet NEOWISE had so many of looking up together/apart being awed in a dark time by this visitor from far beyond. It was wonderful to hear from so...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Reliable Perseids

Driftless Dark Skies: Reliable Perseids

Every year in August, our planet passes through the debris stream left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle and our starry skies are streaked by Perseid meteors. Meteors from this and other showers will be visible all month, but the peak is predicted for the night of August...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Jupiter and Saturn

Driftless Dark Skies: Jupiter and Saturn

Our planet has its closest approaches to Jupiter and Saturn this month. Both worlds spend July in the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. They rise in the southeast around sunset, are visible all night long as they pass low across the southern sky, and set in the...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Sunsets

Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Sunsets

  Time seems to slow down around the solstice. It takes an extra half minute for the face of the sun to slip below the horizon on the June 20th summer solstice than it did on the March 19th vernal equinox. There is the slowest change in the time of the sunset. It...

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