Driftless Dark Skies: Two Full Moons in a Month

January opens with the Full Wolf Moon and ends with a Total Lunar Eclipse. It is unusual to enjoy two Full Moons in the same month, but it can happen because the time between Full Moons is 29 ½ days. That means no Full Moons for February but two for March. There is no...

Driftless Dark Skies: Becoming a Stargazer

Astronomy is an awesome way to discover your home in the cosmos.  And it’s easy.  Go outside.  Look up.  You’re a stargazer!  Even in cities, you can find stars and planets and the moon, but it’s more fun if you can get away from the light pollution.  We have fine...

Driftless Dark Skies: Living in Space

Wash: That sounds like something out of science fiction. Zoë:  You live in a spaceship, dear. We have been living in space for over 15 years now.  Since November 2000, over 220 people from 17 countries have continuously crewed the International Space Station.  The ISS...

Driftless Area Dark Skies: Pluto

We are going to Pluto.  On July 14th, NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft will fly by Pluto and send home the first detailed photos of this world.  And Pluto is a perfect match for our Driftless Area.  When UW Space Place constructed their Planet Trek scale model of the...