1. The Night Sky for the Week of August 9, 2020

    Jupiter and Saturn continue to dazzle in the evening sky about one hour after dark. Also, to the upper left of these planets for the bright star Altair. The star Vega is directly overhead in the later evening sky, while Arcturus is shining in the west. Vega and Arcturus are the brightest stars in the summer sky. Look for the faint band of the Milky Way galaxy arching across the evening sky, starti…Read More

  2. Classical Mythology- Horus

    In ancient Egypt, the god Horus was one of their most important gods. He was the son of Isis and Osiris. Horus saved Egypt from the god Set. Horus represents the victory of good over evil, as well as the Sun. https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-asia/cult-horus-0014076…Read More

  3. Astronomy in August

    There are several night sky events to look forward to this month. These include the full moon (August 3), the annual Perseids meteor shower (August 11-12), and the moon will be very close to Jupiter and Saturn (August 27-29). https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/top-astronomy-events-in-august-2020-including-persieds/786055…Read More

  4. The Night Sky for the Week of 8-2-20

    The final full month of summer is here, and August 5th is the summer midpoint. August's full moon is on Monday evening, and is accompanied by the planets Jupiter and Saturn in the southeastern sky. Ursa Major is diagonally in the northern sky, and its bottom two stars point approximately at the north star Polaris. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-july-31-august-8/…Read More

  5. The Golden Ratio Through Time

    The Golden Ratio (phi) is common throughout nature, and great works of art and architecture. The number is 1.61803399 and arises in certain spirals which are common to life forms in nature such as certain flowers, sea shells, and in the human body. It was used in the great buildings such as the Great Pyramid of Egypt. The Egyptians called phi the "sacred ratio." https://www.ancient-origins.net/une…Read More

  6. Comet Neowise Departing

    Tonight is the last night to see Comet Neowise. It is now higher up on the constellation of Ursa Major and is moving up towards the bright star Arcturus, which is above it. But after tonight the comet will fade away and lose its tail. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/last-chance-to-see-comet-neowise-for-6800-years/781480…Read More

  7. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-26-20

    Look for the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn, about an hour after dark in the southeastern sky. Vega and Arcturus, the summer skies brightest stars, are close to being overhead in the evening sky. While the moon is nearly full, in the evening sky, this week. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-july-24-august-1/…Read More

  8. Saturn Opposition 2020

    The large ringed planet Saturn will be at opposition to earth Monday night. It rises to the left of Jupiter, in the southeastern evening sky. Saturn is the farthest planet from the sun, that is normally visible with the naked eye. In the predawn sky, Saturn and Jupiter are joined by the moon and three other planets: Mars, Venus, and Mercury. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/full-saturn-to…Read More

  9. Comet Neowise

    Comet Neowise will peak this week Thursday. Look for the Neowise comet after sunset in the northwestern sky, to the left of the big dipper. On a side note, the bottom stars of the Big Dipper point to the north star Polaris. It is rare that a comet is visible to the naked eye. https://www.accuweather.com/en/space-news/how-to-see-comet-neowise-in-the-evening/778187…Read More

  10. The Night Sky for the Week of 7-19-20

    The comet Neowise is at its brightest this week. Look for it in the western evening sky. Above it sits the eternal constellation of Ursa Major. The bright star Arcturus is moving to the west in the evening sky, meaning that the season of summer is progressing. This week the planet Saturn will be at opposition, with Jupiter above it. While in the predawn sky, the moon is a thin crescent.  https://…Read More