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Whose decline is more severe: Joe Biden’s or the news media’s?

The decisive problem right now isn't Joe Biden or the press; it is what is being done to the American people.

EYES TO THE SKY: Not to be missed: International Dark Sky Week programs reach us at home; scintillating skies within reach

The distinguished presenters are excited to share their passion for astronomy, our cultural connection to the stars, life in the dark, and how we can work together to protect the night.

EYES TO THE SKY: Crescent moon, planets to bedazzle the dawn, dusk

The celestial drama of the waning moon with planets unfolds at dawn within 20 degrees of the southeast horizon.

EYES TO THE SKY: Venus and Saturn, moon and meteors, Winter Solstice

Even though moonlight this year will overwhelm the light of many Geminid meteors, begin to look skyward every night at about 9 p.m., facing away from the moon.

EYES TO THE SKY: Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Moon at dusk. Mars, Mercury dawn

As we approach the very shortest days of the year, the times of both dusk and dawn seem to belong more to daytime than night.

EYES TO THE SKY: All night planets Saturn, Jupiter. Overnight astronomy holiday

All summer, Saturn will be visible at least until midnight, before setting in the southwest as the Sun rises in the northeast.

EYES TO THE SKY: Groundhog, Lion, Valentine and Venus

As societies lose their relationship to nature, the Sun is the “the elephant in the room” during seasonal festivals.

EYES TO THE SKY: Mornings with the gods, and other wonders

Add a cosmic perspective to this culmination in our solar system by being outdoors 60 to 75 minutes before sunrise, when the stars of our galaxy populate the dark sky.

EYES TO THE SKY: Moon softens edges between day and night

By Friday, the 29th, a half moon, last quarter, rises close to midnight, accompanying springtime’s quintessential all-night constellation, Leo the Lion, visible now during the hours after midnight.

EYES TO THE SKY: Moon guide to evening sky. Welcome Fomalhaut, Orion, Orionid meteors

The Orionid meteor shower, predicted to peak before dawn on Sunday the 21st, is active through November 7. At peak, in a dark location under a moonless sky, a maximum of 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour are predicted.

EYES TO THE SKY: Four constellations, two asterisms, two summer stars, three planets and a meteor shower

The Draconids, a minor shower, sometimes rewards the sky-gazer with many shooting stars.

EYES TO THE SKY: My address: Planet Earth, Orion spur, the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy

We’ve learned the address of our home in the universe: Planet Earth, Orion spur, the Perseus arm of the Milky Way Galaxy.

EYES TO THE SKY: Summer’s evening sky, morning’s winter sky

Be radical: Awaken in time to see the brightest star in Earth’s sky, Sirius, appear after a long absence.

EYES TO THE SKY: Mars peaks this week: Seek out Mars, now brighter than Jupiter

View Mars from nightfall to first light. It is particularly lovely as it sinks into the hills to the southwest.

EYES TO THE SKY: Navigating a summer night

Tonight, the 9th, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion, is in conjunction with Venus.

EYES TO THE SKY: Five planets, summer solstice, fireflies flashing

At the first sight of the clearing, I was wonderstruck by an aerial display of countless blinking golden lights and dipping, curving, white gold lines streaking all over the meadow from the ground up to the treetops.

EYES TO THE SKY: Night sky delights: Saturn to join Venus, Jupiter. Full Corn / Flower Moon tomorrow

Most of us are never prompted to think about the dynamic nature of the world, a world in which the planets move in their orbits in space at varying speeds and that the relationship between the planets changes.
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