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...
Driftless Dark Skies: Wandering Worlds

Driftless Dark Skies: Wandering Worlds

When the moon is in the Seventh HouseAnd Jupiter aligns with MarsThen peace will guide the planetsAnd love will steer the stars                           The 5th Dimension “Age of Aquarius” (1969) Not sure about the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, but I am looking...
Driftless Dark Skies: Moon Occults Mars

Driftless Dark Skies: Moon Occults Mars

Driftless skywatchers could see a remarkable sight the morning of February 18 when the Waning Crescent Moon passes in front of Mars. Both worlds rise together in the southeast around 3:40. Mars will be just to the left of the sunlit side of the Moon, Binoculars will...
Driftless Dark Skies: A Resolution to Look Up

Driftless Dark Skies: A Resolution to Look Up

Most people don’t like to make resolutions, but I actually look forward to them. In 2012, my resolution was to learn about the stars in the night sky. However, shortly after the flip of the calendar, I encountered my first obstacle–I bought a telescope.Now, you...