Another Snow Day at Balsam Mountain

This makes the fourth snowfall since Christmas and more than three weeks of some snow on the ground. It started around 6:00 PM last night and snowed steadily until early this morning. We got about 4 inches on this side of the mountain. Lexi just loves this snow and...

Another Snow Day at Balsam Mountain

This makes the fourth snowfall since Christmas and more than three weeks of some snow on the ground. It started around 6:00 PM last night and snowed steadily until early this morning. We got about 4 inches on this side of the mountain. Lexi just loves this snow and...

Jupiter Saturn Conjunctions Factoids and Plans

Looks like the weather will cooperate so I plan to set up a small scope at the Boarding House late this afternoon. Best times to stop by and view or to view from your location will be between twilight (6:00 PM) and 8:00 PM when they set below the horizon. Both planets...

Observing the Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction

We drove around the mountain today looking for a good place to observe the conjunction and the only spot with a reasonable view of the southwest without trees or mountains is the back deck at the Boarding House. There are likely other favorable spots like the 9th hole...

A new solar cycle

Our Sun goes through a roughly 11 year cycle in which the number of sunspots and overall activity waxes and wanes. Astronomers have been observing this phenomenon for over a hundred years. We are entering cycle 25 based upon direct observations but cycles for the past...