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Astronomy Articles from 2014

  • Great sidewalk astronomy event last Saturday

    David Fuller — 2014-09-10
    Passers-by of nearby shops plus people driving by on the streets saw my 4" f/15 scope, and it piqued their curiosity, so they came in to learn more. My attached photo shows probably less than half of the people we catered to last night.
  • See Spica during the day

    David Fuller — 2014-08-26
    People are surprised that they can see stars during the day that are not the Sun. “What? Really? How is that possible?” It is possible because bright stars are... well, bright! The trick is that you need to know the exact spot to look, because you won't have the crutch of a dark sky to make the star's contrast with the sky as obvious.
  • Will Mars ever look as big as the Moon?

    David Fuller — 2014-08-26
    Sometimes memes go around stating things that are... well let's just say they are designed to get people to think, "WHAT?! OMG!!" But the facts... they are usually thrown by the wayside. Here's one example.
  • Photos from "Star Stories": A mythology / theater / astronomy mash-up

    David Fuller — 2014-08-18
    Members of the Kankakee Area Stargazers, the Kankakee Valley Theater Association, other members of the community, artist-in-residence for Kankakee Brandi Burgess and I put together a show for about 55 audience members at the Willowhaven Interpretive Center east of the Kankakee / Bradley / Bourbonnais area.
  • How to find Messier 10 and Messier 12

    David Fuller — 2014-07-23
    There are a number of Messier objects in Ophiuchus, along with some great double stars and other clusters. But two that are right near each other are Messier 10 and Messier 12, globular clusters both. While relatively bright as globulars go, they aren't exactly right next to any 2nd or 3rd magnitude stars, so there are a few techniques required to find them.
  • The Light Pollution Reduction Challenge

    David Fuller — 2014-01-29
    Do something. Change a bulb. Replace a fixture. Get politically involved, or call your electric company. Be polite, but be PERSISTENT. You probably won't get results on the first, second or even third try. The streetlights around me took four tries and over a year to get changed. Even if you just do ONE THING, it's made a difference!