Green Comet Makes the Scene
Suzan Bellincampi

Nantucket astronomer Maria Mitchell always persevered. After many years of study, she discovered a new comet in 1847.

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Merry Mars Rules the Winter Sky
Suzan Bellincampi

December shows much planetary promise.

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Missing Third Quarter Moon, Extra Day: Welcome to Leap February
Suzan Bellincampi

This month’s motto should be “win some, lose some.”

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A Taurid Affair in the Skies
Suzan Bellincampi

This past week, the sky was the limit. Two Taurid meteor showers, the North and South Taurids, made their appearance this month.

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A Moon of Many Colors
Suzan Bellincampi

Moon minders know that July was twice the fun of most other months because there was twice the number of full moons.

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A Planetary Love Story: Dear Venus, It's Me Jupiter, Again
Mark Alan Lovewell

Venus and Jupiter are two of the brightest planets in the solar system, and lately they have been acting like star-crossed lovers. By Tuesday night, they will appear close enough to shake hands, or if both are in accord perhaps something more romantic.

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Reassigning the Planets
Suzan Bellincampi

Pluto was not the only planet to get a demotion.

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Stinging Stars
Suzan Bellincampi

“Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion,” laments an Egyptian proverb. 

Don’t miss the scorpion.

Though it is summer and a busy time for all, take a minute to gaze skyward to see the night’s super stars. Among the most famous is a classic constellation that says summer.

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Northern Lights
Suzan Bellincampi

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

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Avian Astronomy
Suzan Bellincampi

September is for the birds.

Now, Soo Whiting, don’t get your feathers ruffled, I won’t tread on your turf (see column to the right). These birds of September are in the sky but won’t fly away or be found in a Sibley Guide. My birds live in the autumn night sky, immortalized forever by the stars.

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