My favorite constellation is Orion the Hunter. Within its boundaries the mighty hunter has two stars of the top 10 brightest stars in the night sky, and no other constellation has those bragging rights. He possesses many celestial treasures. Orion is also one of those few constellations that...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Life
Wintertime is a wonderful time for stargazing, the super bowl of stargazing, as far as Iím concerned.
Date: 01/31/2016 | Life
We have an opportunity to easily see five fellow planets in the solar system at one time, and you donít need a telescope or even a pair of binoculars.
Date: 01/24/2016 | Life
Astronomers said theyíve found evidence that our solar system may hold another giant planet, hidden in the dark, distant badlands far beyond Neptuneís orbit.
Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World
Something you donít see all the time, at least around this part of the world, is a retired ace chariot driver schlepping around with a mama goat slung over one of his shoulders and kid goats in the crook of his elbow. But you can see that in the night sky. Itís the constellation Auriga the...
Date: 01/17/2016 | Life
I have a late night assignment for night owls this week. If you can handle the late hour and the January cold, thereís something really special waiting for you in the heavens that will make braving the cold and loss of sleep worth it.
Date: 01/10/2016 | Life
The very best celestial show going on this month is in the low southeast sky about 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise. Itís the Venus, Saturn, and crescent moon conjunction, or what I like to call a celestial hugging. A telescope will help you enjoy the show, but itís just about as great with the...
Date: 01/03/2016 | Life
In January we are in the best times and also the worst times for stargazing in Snohomish County, but if you bundle up and think warm, youíll be rewarded with what I think is the best celestial show of the year.
Date: 12/27/2015 | Life
Even though weíre well into the holiday season, thereís still some summer in the cold evening skies. In July and August the summer constellations were soaring nearly overhead but now the last of the of them are still hanging in there in the western Everett sky. Meanwhile in the eastern heaven the...
Date: 12/06/2015 | Life
Thereís no hiding from it. Winter stargazing is not for the faint of heart, but if you bundle up and keep your feet and face warm, the rewards are heavenly.
Date: 11/29/2015 | Life
Astronomers have caught black holes in the act of murdering stars before. But a study published Thursday in Science claims to have caught a step in the crime that has remained elusive until now.
Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World
Here is my annual buyersí guide to telescopes for amateur stargazers.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ó NASAís newest Pluto pictures depict an entire day on the dwarf planet.The space agency released a series of 10 close-ups of the frosty, faraway world Friday, representing one full rotation, or Pluto day. A Pluto day is equivalent to 6.4 Earth days.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World
Prior to 1957, everything you saw high in the Everett night sky was untouched by human hands, assuming there arenít any other humans out there beyond our solar system.
Date: 11/08/2015 | Life
Get ready for a light show.The sunís about to spit charged particles our way. And that solar wind of protons and electrons will interact with the Earthís magnetic field to light up the skies with a dazzling display of color through Wednesday.
Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World
Today is the day we go back to Pacific Standard Time, and that's just fine with me. First off, we get an extra hour of sleep, but more importantly for stargazers it's dark enough for stargazing long before 7 p.m. Without a doubt, we're entering the best stargazing season of the year...
Date: 11/01/2015 | Life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ó Saturnís geyser-spouting moon Enceladus has a new portfolio, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft.
Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World
BERLIN ó Scientists say they have detected significant amounts of molecular oxygen coming out of a comet, an unexpected find that may have implications for the search for alien life and understanding how the solar system formed.
Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World
A star has just been ripped apart by a black hole several million times the mass of our own sun.
Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World
This time of year you have the best chance to see the farthest thing away that you can see with the unaided human eye in the Everett sky. Itís the Andromeda Galaxy ó the next door neighbor to our home Milky Way Galaxy ó and if you look in dark enough sky, you can see it with the naked eye.
Date: 10/18/2015 | Life
I just love the little constellation Delphinus the Dolphin, and I hope to make fall in love with it too. Itís in the upper tier of the smallest of constellations seen in the night sky. When most people think of constellations, they think of dot-to-dot pictures made by stars. The vast majority of...
Date: 09/13/2015 | Life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The spigot has opened again, and Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.These newest snapshots reveal an even more diverse landscape than scientists imagined before New Horizons swept past Pluto in July,...
Date: 09/11/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — People looking for a shooting star to wish upon may find Wednesday overnight to be a dream come true. Celestial timing will help people see more of the oldest meteor shower known to Earth, the Perseids, when they peak midnight local time Thursday,...
Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World
One of the best annual meteor showers of the year is lighting up the night sky this week . Itís the old reliable Perseid meteor shower, which peaks this coming Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, although the meteor viewing should be pretty good most of the week.
Date: 08/09/2015 | Life
Scientists with the European Space Agencyís Rosetta mission may have had a scare when the Philae lander bounced off of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, but the bumpy touchdown actually had a silver lining: It allowed them to take measurements in two spots instead of one.
Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON ó This is an astronomy story that comes up only once in a blue moon, like Friday. Maybe.
Date: 07/30/2015 | Nation & World
I hope at least one time this summer you can get away from the urban and suburban skies and really take in the splendor of the summer night time skies. Also donít forget that reclining lawn chair so you can stargaze in complete comfort.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Life
Earth: Meet Pluto.Scientists for NASA's New Horizons mission Wednesday shared some tantalizing early discoveries about Pluto — and the first piece of what will soon be a stunning photographic mosaic of the dwarf planet.The most detailed photo of Pluto ever...
Date: 07/15/2015 | Nation & World
It starts happening as late summer merges into early fall. Bootes the hunting farmer is in close pursuit of Ursa Major, the Big Bear in the Snohomish County skies. These two constellations are right next to each other in the early evening northwestern sky and they are easy to see for...
Date: 07/12/2015 | Life
NASA's encounter with Pluto is coming up quick — just a few days away, on Tuesday — but it will end just a few hours later. After almost a decade of speeding through space to get to Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is gonna keep zipping right on past it.But...
Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World
We need a pick-me-up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe's most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification — amid plague and pestilence and, by God, in the middle of Shark Week — where can...
Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists
If you have a new telescope, now's a great time to put it to the test, because Saturn's on the rise in the early evening southeastern sky.It's the brightest star-like object in that part of the celestial dome. The next brightest is Antares, a star with a ruddy glow that...
Date: 06/07/2015 | Life
Weíre into the shortest nights of the year, so good stargazing canít really begin until after 10 p.m., and the show is pretty much over by 4:30 a.m. Make sure to get your afternoon nap so you can enjoy natureís late, late summer star show.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Life
Last week in Starwatch I attempted to explain the tricks for finding Ursa Major, the Big Bear and Ursa Minor, the Little Bear in local skies. The Little Bear and the famous Little Dipper are one and the same, and the Big Dipper makes up the rear end and tail of the Big Bear, Ursa Major,...
Date: 05/24/2015 | Life
While the boys of summer have taken the baseball fields, the boys of winter are beginning their long goodbye in the western evening sky.I'm referring to Gemini the Twins, one of the brighter constellations that's been lighting up the winter heavens since December. Because of...
Date: 04/19/2015 | Life
After more than four years of orbiting Mercury, NASAís Messenger spacecraft is about to end its mission with a bang. After more than 4,100 orbits around the closest planet to the sun, the satellite will crash into Mercuryís crater-pocked surface April 30.
Date: 04/17/2015 | Nation & World
Weíre not special. Or our complex organic molecules arenít, anyway. And thatís good news in the hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Date: 04/09/2015 | Nation & World
Anyone whoís even occasionally gazed into the Everett early evening sky this past winter and early spring has seen that bright ďstarĒ in the west. At first you might even mistake it for an incoming aircraft. In fact itís so bright that at times it can even cast a faint shadow in the dark...
Date: 04/05/2015 | Life
LOS ANGELES — The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled.Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada should have been able to catch a glimpse before dawn Saturday. The moment when the moon was completely obscured by Earth's shadow...
Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES ó Donít blink. Thereís a total eclipse of the moon Saturday ó and itís an unusually short one.
Date: 04/03/2015 | Nation & World
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The heavens are providing a holiday treat this weekend, but you'll have to be quick to catch it.Weather permitting, sky gazers along North America's West Coast can enjoy a total lunar eclipse in the pre-dawn hours Saturday.Scientists...
Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World
All winter long weíve been dazzled and amazed by the bright luminaries that make up the cast of what I call ďOrion and his gang.Ē As we move into April, those great winter constellations like Orion are still shining brightly in the southwestern sky.
Date: 03/29/2015 | Life
LOS ANGELES ó How long does it take to complete a marathon on Mars? About 11 years and two months - if youíve got six wheels and a solar-powered battery.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World
For a planet to have liquid water — something necessary to support life as we know it — it has to be within a certain distance of its star. Too close, and the water burns up. Too far away, and it's a frozen wasteland. But according to new research, most stars in the galaxy...
Date: 03/19/2015 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — NASA announced evidence Thursday that Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede, has a saltwater ocean under its icy surface. The ocean seems to have more water than all the water on Earth's surface.New Hubble observations of Ganymede's magnetic field strongly...
Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World