Driftless Dark Skies: Giant Planets

Driftless Dark Skies: Giant Planets

Our solar system’s two largest planets will be wonderful this summer. Jupiter is closest to Earth on June 10 and Saturn on July 9. During these oppositions, they will be at their biggest and brightest and visible all night long. How do you tell a planet from a star?...

Driftless Dark Skies: Solstice Sunrise & Sunset

Dawn and dusk on December 21st are excellent times to mark our passage from autumn to winter. Winter solstice is the moment when Earth’s axis is pointed directly away from the sun.  Here in the Driftless Area of the northern hemisphere, the sun rises and sets at its...

Driftless Dark Skies: Night Reading

When clouds get in the way of enjoying the starry skies of the Driftless, there are plenty of great astronomy books. Here are some of my favorites. The Stars: A New Way to See Them and Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey. These were written in the 1950s and were my...