Planets Tonight

Well the clouds are not looking good for seeing the planets at sunset. If by some miracle the western sky is clear around 5:30 I plan to head up to the helicopter pad to try and see Venus, Saturn and the crescent moon. It’s about the only accessible place on the...

Black Friday Planet

Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and a very new Moon cozy up at sunset on Friday. Head up to someplace with a clear view to the low, southwestern sky just before sunset around 5:15. No telescope needed. I will check out some good locations today and send out a notice...

..and another Balsam sunset

Last Friday night the sunset from the Boarding House was amazing. Reports from all over the Southeast of amazing sunsets due to combination of weather fronts and favorable fall sun angle.
How to see 60 satellites!

How to see 60 satellites!

You may have heard about the launch of 60 test satellites by SpaceX on their Falcon 9 last week. They eventually plan to have several thousand low earth orbit satellites providing Internet access to underserved parts of the world. For the next few days you can see...