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A Comet For Christmas

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Columnist Since the dawn of history we humans have marveled in awe, wonder, and even fear at the sight of a comet in our night...

The Goat Star

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Columnist During the late fall you can see a golden-yellow star shining brightly in the northeast at around 9:00PM. The star’s name is Capella, a word...

THE COSMOS KNOWING ITSELF

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Columnist Carl Sagan once said: “we are a way for the universe to know itself”. We are made from elements common throughout the universe, elements that...

CHOOSING THAT FIRST TELESCOPE

Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist Selecting a telescope is just like buying any other kind of precision tool or high-end gadget in the sense that you really need to be informed about...

Buying Binoculars

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Columnist I get nauseous for even thinking about holiday gift buying any sooner than two weeks after the Thanksgiving leftovers have run out. But, I understand...

The astronomical origins of Halloween

Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist Most people have a favorite holiday and mine has always been Halloween. A large part of that has to do with it being in Fall (my...

The Wanderers

If this series of articles has motivated you to get outside and look up then you have probably noticed by now that each night most stars rise in the...

The great Hercules cluster

Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist  Hercules got robbed! You would think that the mighty muscleman of mythology would have a constellation worthy of his fame, right? Wrong....

The guardian of the bears

By Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist  It was 9:15 pm on the evening of May 27, 1933 and a crowd of 30,000 people were waiting to see...

Navigating the night with the big bear

By Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist True or False: The Big Dipper is the most instantly recognized constellation in our Northern Hemisphere sky. False, the Big Dipper is...