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...
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...
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...
Driftless Dark Skies: Lunar Time

Driftless Dark Skies: Lunar Time

When I was a high school teacher, we sometimes had the ritual of starting class with a student letting us know the phase of the moon and when it would rise and set. We spent too much of the day cut off from fresh air and sunlight, and it seemed that such a custom...