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The Crab Nebula

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Columnist The night of July 4th, in the year 1054, seems to have been one of considerable excitement for Chinese astronomers; it was on this evening...

THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

Darrell Heath | Astronomy Column On December 25th Christians from all around the world celebrate the birth of Christ and for them it is one of the holiest days...

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...

Summer and the Milky Way

Darrell Heath Astronomy Columnist On a late summer’s evening you can see a ghostly band of pale light arcing overhead from the southwest to the northeast,...