July 4th, 2015
Waning Gibbous Moon
moon
Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” March 7 – Bright Stars & Planets!

The skies of late Winter are abound with brilliant stars that can help us pinpoint other stars and deep sky wonders. These celestial gems serve as guideposts so we can find objects with binoculars and telescopes, or even just the…

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” Sept 6 – Enjoy the Milky Way!

This is the time of year for exploring the Milky Way and all it has to offer for binoculars and telescopes. The Summer Milky Way is brighter and wider in appearance than the Winter counterpart, mainly because we’re looking in toward the center…

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“Gateway to the Stars” Aug. 2: Star Hopping with The Summer Triangle

One of the best guideposts in the summer sky is “The Summer Triangle,” a large triangle of three bright stars almost directly overhead. 

Mike Murray

“Gateway to the Stars” July 5: What’s In The Summer Sky?

The summer night skies hold many astronomical treasures, and the warmer weather makes it more comfortable to observe them for longer periods of time.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars June 7: A Big Dipper Star Hop

This is the time of year when the familiar stars of the Big Dipper are highest in the north, which makes this group an excellent guidepost to other stars and Deep Sky Objects.

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“Gateway to the Stars” Dec. 7 – The Andromeda Galaxy

Last month we saw how The Great Square of Pegasus can serve as an ideal guidepost to finding other bright stars and deep sky objects in the Autumn sky.

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Gateway to the Stars Oct 5 – Guideposts to the Sky

As we move into autumn, the “Summer Triangle” of stars will start in the western side of the sky as new stars like the “Great Square of Pegasus” climb higher into the east.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars Sept 7 – The Milky Way at its Prime!

This is the time of year for enjoying the Milky Way and all it has to offer for binoculars and telescopes.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars Aug 3: The Barnyard Portion of the Sky!

One of the best guideposts in the summer sky is “The Summer Triangle,” a large triangle of three bright stars.

Mike Murray

Gateway to the Stars July 6: Summer Stargazing!

As we approach the heart of the summer season, we reach an excellent time to see the best features of the seasonal night sky.