Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Mornings

Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Mornings

All five visible planets will be there to greet us before sunrise as we journey from spring to summer this month. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (in that order!) will be in a sparkly string across a quarter of the sky from east to south. We haven’t seen...
Driftless Dark Skies: Evening Eclipse

Driftless Dark Skies: Evening Eclipse

We are in a good place to be wowed by the lunar eclipse coming up on Sunday May 15. This is the third in a tetrad of lunar eclipses in the spring and fall of 2021 and 2022. The lunar eclipses in May and November 2021 were wonderful to see, but you had to set an alarm...
Driftless Dark Skies: Star Stories

Driftless Dark Skies: Star Stories

Humans have long been skywatchers. We watched the movements of the sun, moon, and stars and learned the cycles of days, months, seasons, and years. For thousands of generations all over the world, we humans have put our stories in the sky. We looked at the stars,...
Driftless Dark Skies: Before Sunrise

Driftless Dark Skies: Before Sunrise

  All five visible planets are gathering in the morning skies this month. As March begins, look southeast where the sky is just beginning to brighten around 5am to see two pairings of planets. Venus will be the most brilliant and easiest to find rising more than...
Driftless Dark Skies: Winter Stargazing

Driftless Dark Skies: Winter Stargazing

I love how each season of stargazing has its own vibe. In August, I was lying out with friends waiting for Perseids to streak across the sky. Maybe I wore a hoodie to deter the mosquitoes and brought a fleece blanket in case it got a little chilly towards midnight....
Driftless Dark Skies: A Month of Moons

Driftless Dark Skies: A Month of Moons

One cool thing I am already loving about 2022 is that our months are aligning nicely with the phases of the moon. For winter and spring, each month begins with a new moon and cycles through all the phases of the moon. The lunar cycle of 29 ½ days is a day shorter than...