This Week's Amazing Sky


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Welcome to “This Week’s Amazing Sky,” the Almanac’s blog on stargazing and astronomy. 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, he covers everything under the Sun (and Moon)! Bob, the world’s mostly widely read astronomer, also has a new weekly podcast, Astounding Universe

December 28, 2013

We are going to jump ship here and head back toward Earth for a close-up on Jupiter. Exploring Orion has been a lot of fun, but there is a lot to see around our local solar system as well. Jupiter is easy to spot even from the most light-polluted areas. Not long after sunset, looking to the east, you will see it breach the horizon. Jupiter appears as a very bright star with a faintly reddish hue. Whip out a simple pair of binoculars and you will easily spot the four large moons of Jupiter... more

November 15, 2013

Enjoy this guest post by David Rankin, astrophotographer, and discover more about the constellation Orion—including a floating horse! One of the many amazing features inside the great constellation Orion is the “Horse Head Nebula,” which is seen in the below 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 nebula near the bottom left. All of these... more

October 30, 2013

Enjoy this guest post about the constellation Orion by astrophotographer David Rankin.  This week, Orion harbors an awesome secret … a witch! By now, hopefully, you should be able to spot Orion in the winter sky. When you walk out just after dark, Orion’s bright figure towers over you to the south …  It’s the Witch Head Nebula. See the photo below. Can you make out the shape of a witch’s head? Do you see a hat, a large nose, a cheekbone, and a protruding chin? The witch stares back at the... more

October 26, 2013

This week, we have a guest astrophotographer from Southern Utah, David Rankin, 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. As the colder months rush in, the constellation Orion starts to work its way up high into the southern sky. The giant hunter in Greek mythology makes his debut every... more


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