Driftless Dark Skies: Home in the Milky Way

“Why should I feel lonely?  Is not our planet in the Milky Way? Henry David Thoreau, Walden  Look up into the September sky and you will see our Milky Way flowing across.  It starts in the northwest where you find Perseus the Hero, now safe from the gorgon and sea...

Driftless Dark Skies: Binoculars

When it comes to stargazing, two eyes are better than one.  If we imagine an astronomer, we probably picture a person looking into a thin tube mounted on a tripod.  My experience is that many telescopes go unused because they are complicated to set up, difficult to...

Late-winter days in Driftless Wisconsin

“Kitty!,” my two-year-old grandson declares looking out the window.  The excitement rises in his voice.  Closer inspection by my wife reveals a squirrel bounding through the snow, perhaps lured out of its nest by the gathering warmth and light of late winter. Unlike...

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...