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Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Sunrise & Sunset

Dawn and dusk on December 21st are excellent times to mark our passage from autumn to winter. Winter solstice is the moment when Earth’s axis is pointed directly away from the sun.  Here in the Driftless Area of the northern hemisphere, the sun rises and sets at its...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Night Reading

When clouds get in the way of enjoying the starry skies of the Driftless, there are plenty of great astronomy books. Here are some of my favorites. The Stars: A New Way to See Them and Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey. These were written in the 1950s and were my...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Preserving the Night

I am happy to be celebrating four years of writing for The Voice and encouraging folks to go outside at night, look up, and be awed by the view of our home in the Solar System, Milky Way, and Cosmos. Unfortunately, we are losing what we love. Our artificial lights are...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Planets Arcing across the Sky

Unless Betelgeuse goes supernova in the next four months, I think I will be remembering 2018 as the year the planets were so amazing in the evening sky. And there will be a dramatic finale in the skies over the Driftless Area this month. All you need is a clear view...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Fire in the Sky

In the summer of his 27th year, John Denver was camping above the tree line outside Aspen CO when he was awed by the sight of Perseid meteors streaking across the sky. The experience inspired him to write “Rocky Mountain High”: “I've seen it rainin' fire in the...

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Rivers show us patience

In the summer of his 27th year, John Denver was camping above the tree line outside Aspen CO when he was awed by the sight of Perseid meteors streaking across the sky. The experience inspired him to write “Rocky Mountain High”: “I've seen it rainin' fire in the...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Mars Returns

I’m late for a meeting.  The car in front of me travels slowly, cautiously navigating every curve of the road along the Kickapoo River. I consider passing, yet the double yellow line offers a constant companion to travelers of Highway 131, where sight lines disappear...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Evening Planets

Mars will be awesome in the dark skies of the Driftless this month. It has not been this bright since the Great Perihelic Opposition of August 2003 and won’t be this bright again until September 2035.  Mars takes almost two years to orbit the Sun, so Earth “laps” it...

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Driftless Dark Skies: Summer Stargazing

Our neighboring worlds of the Solar System will be spectacular this summer. There are five planets visible to our unaided eyes, and you will be able to see Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the evening skies of our...

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