This Week's Amazing Sky

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Welcome to “This Week’s Amazing Sky,” the Almanac’s blog on stargazing and astronomy. Wondering which bright objects you’re seeing in the night sky? Want to learn about a breathtaking sight coming up? Bob Berman, longtime and famous astronomer for The Old Farmer’s Almanac, will help bring alive the wonders of our universe. From the beautiful stars and planets to magical auroras and eclipses, we’ll cover everything under the Sun (and Moon)!

November 15, 2013

Episode 3: A Star is Born! If you are one of those people who has peered out into the darkness of space and secretly longed for, say, a horse to be floating around out there, today is your lucky day! Among other amazing features inside Orion is the Horse Head Nebula, which is seen in the attached photograph as the red area near the star Alnitak in the center of the photo. Not far from the Horse Head Nebula is the Great Orion Nebula, to the upper right. There is also a faint blue reflection... more

October 30, 2013

Episode 2 - The Witch! By now, hopefully, you should be able to spot Orion. He rises a little late, but comes earlier each night. Soon, when you walk out just after dark, you will see his bright figure towering over you to the south. He harbors many awesome secrets, one of which … is a witch! She stares back at the bright star Rigel as though it were her own evil creation. Truly, this area of the night sky is haunted. She is seasonally well timed and one of the tougher targets to... more

October 26, 2013

I'm an astrophotographer from Southern Utah with a special interest in exploring the night sky via long-exposure digital photography. The camera is able to capture space in a way that our eyes can not. Let's explore what objects lie just beyond the reach of the naked eye during any given season. Exploring Orion, Episode 1 As the heat from summer sizzles off and the cooler months rush in, the constellation Orion starts to work its way up high into the southern sky. The giant hunter in Greek... more

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