We’re about to see one of the truly great sky events of 2018. First, Mars’ best opposition in 15 years happens July 26–27. Second, Mars comes closest to Earth on July 30–31. And finding it requires no sky knowledge. It’s extremely bright and very red!
I love things that meet a need so specific that they get a job done when nothing else could. In the push-and-pull of the moment, I’ve discovered many such tools, mostly ad hoc, accidentally or serendipitously, mostly to use in the garden. Below are five in no particular order.