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...

Driftless Dark Skies: Evening Star

Our sister planet, Venus, is back in the evening skies of the Driftless! All planets have their season as they orbit around our sun at different speeds and wander in front of the fixed stars and constellations. Jupiter and Saturn will be easiest to spot in the summer...
Driftless Dark Skies: Transit of Mercury

Driftless Dark Skies: Transit of Mercury

A special astronomical event occurs on November 11 when Mercury passes across the face of the sun. You’ll need a solar telescope to protect your eyes and to magnify the planet, which will appear only about 1/200 the diameter of the sun. The transit starts at 6:35am...

Driftless Dark Skies: Full Sturgeon Moon

The stars come out a little earlier as we drift into August. The Sun sets around 8:24 in the Driftless on August 1. That’s 20 minute earlier than back on the June Solstice. By the end of August, the Sun is setting at 7:40, and the sky is fully dark by around 9:20.The...