Sirius We are reaching the end of our countdown of the brightest stars visible from Chicago. SIRIUS is the brightest star in all the night sky (and the brightest star in the constellation of Canis Major, the greater dog). It dominates the winter sky, and its proximity to five other stars on this countdown—Procyon, Betelgeuse, Rigel,… Read More Brightest Stars Visible From Chicago: #2
Southern Lights It is finally March. Chicago is slowly thawing out from a bitterly cold winter, and it is a good time to take a look again at the spectacular bright stars that are typically associated with the winter sky. An hour after sunset (around 8:00 pm Central Daylight Time), look to the south. As… Read More Skywatching: March 13-23
It’s been a frigid, snowy, and overcast start to 2014 here in Chicago (Polar Vortex!), so conditions haven’t been great for astronomy. Nonetheless, I wanted to point out some bright objects you can currently see in the evening sky. Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, shines brightly all night long. Jupiter was at… Read More Happy New Year!
Winter Is Coming It may feel like winter here in Chicago, but the calendar says it is still late autumn. Nonetheless, this is the perfect week to get a preview of the brilliant stars (and one giant planet) in the winter sky. As evening progresses, more and more of these bright objects rise above the… Read More Skywatching: November 27-30
Sun and Moon This week, the SUN sets between 7:24 pm and 7:31 pm Central Daylight Time. It rises between 6:21 am and 6:12 am Central Daylight Time. The MOON is new on April 10. This means you can see the waning crescent just before sunrise at the beginning of the week, and you can… Read More Skywatching This Week: April 8-14
[Note: I apologize for being late with Skywatching this week. It’s been pretty miserable for observing anything in Chicago recently; I can only remember one or two clear nights in the last two weeks.] Sun and Moon In Chicago, the SUN sets this week between 6:53 pm and 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time and rises… Read More Skywatching This Week: March 11-17