Spring ahead on March 12, well at least for your clocks!

While Spring officially starts on the Vernal Equinox later this month, Daylight savings begins on Sunday morning March 12 at 2:00am when we “spring ahead” an hour.  Find out who to blame for your lack of sleep later in this post. For early risers there are chances to see the International Space Station every morning […]

A Hare in the sky, chance to see Ceres, and morning satellite views!

We are leaping along and winter has only a few weeks left, so it is a good time to catch Orion and his stellar companions.  This week we look for one that is right beneath his feet.  Here is your guide to the sky for February 27 –March 5, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon […]

Seven Planets around a Dwarf Star – Earth sized worlds with water

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a system of seven Earth-sized planets just 40 light-years away in the constellation of Aquarius. The planets were detected as they passed in front of the ultra-cool dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1. The middle three of the planets lie in the habitable zone […]

Saturn and the Moon, an early morning delight…

Saturn and the Moon provide and early morning delights this week for early risers.  We have a couple bright Iridium flares, and two royal constellations to check out.  Let’s hope this week we get a reprieve from the snow and have some clear skies. Here is your guide to the sky for February 19 -26, […]

Cosmic views for Valentine’s Day!

Venus the goddess of love, along with a bright Iridium satellite provide some great views for Valentine’s Day.  Why not take the one you love outside and spend a few minutes stargazing?   Here is your guide to the sky for February 12 -18, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon Sunrise this week is at 6:37 […]

A Lunar Eclipse on Friday…of the Penumbral flavor!

On Friday night (February 10, 2017) here in Maine we will be able to see a penumbral lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occur when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow and the Sun’s light is blocked from reaching the Moon.  Lunar eclipses have three flavors or – total, partial and penumbral – with the most […]

Snow, Golfing and Bones – time to howl at the Moon!

What do snow, golfing, and bones have in common?  This week it is the Moon!  There is no need to howl at it, but do enjoy the nice view and added moonlight this week.  Here is your guide to the sky for February 5 -11, 2017… Sun – Earth – Moon Sunrise this week is […]

Imbolc, Groundhogs, and the International Space Station, oh my!

Are you ready to celebrate Imbolc?  Or is Groundhog Day more fun for you?  They are one in the same and mark the first “Cross-Quarter Day” of the year.  Have you seen ISS?  If not, this week you have ample opportunity!  Here is your guide to the sky for January 29 –February 4, 2017… Sun […]

Chinese New Year of the Rooster and Twin Brothers in the Sky

Our celestial week ahead features couple nice planet-Moon gatherings in the morning sky, some evening sightings of ISS and the Chinese New Year designated as the year of the Rooster begins. Here is your guide to the sky for January 22 -28, 2017. Sky for January 22-28 at 8: 00 pm courtesy of Heavens-Above.com Sun […]

Has the Winter Sky gone to the dogs? No but find two this week!

Orion’s two dogs in the evening, and the elusive planet Mercury in the morning, what more could you ask for this week.  I’m an admitted dog lover having two at home, and whenever I look in the winter sky at Orion’s dogs, I think of them following me. Here is your guide to the sky […]