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.


Pluto was not the only planet to get a demotion.

“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.

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


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.


A feature of the eclipse which greatly impressed watchers here who were fortunate enough to observe it, was the crescents of the sun on the ground when the sun shone between the leaves of the trees. Miss Martha A. Hurlbut of Hurlbut-by-the-Sea, Oak Bluffs, describes the phenomenon as follows:
“Although we did not see the total eclipse, we did have the privilege of watching a most interesting and beautiful display of the crescents.