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...
Driftless Dark Skies: Blue Skies

Driftless Dark Skies: Blue Skies

One summer at science camp, a tween asked me why the sky was blue. They said they asked their parent who told them it was because God liked it that way. I sympathize with that parent. And also with the middle schooler. As we get older, we sometimes get discouraged and...
Driftless Dark Skies: Deep Time

Driftless Dark Skies: Deep Time

I love how stargazing lets us look back into the recent and distant past just by being open to the starlight. And I love how astronomy lets us predict future events years into the future. This month, I would like to share some of the coming sky events I am most...
Driftless Dark Skies: Life List

Driftless Dark Skies: Life List

So many stargazers have their list of rare astronomical events they hope to see at least once while life is in them. I am grateful to have seen an all-sky aurora, several naked-eye comets, two transits of Venus, and a total solar eclipse. Still hoping for a visible...