Blue Moon

Blue Moon

The Full Moon of May is called the Milk or Planting Moon, and this month you’ll have two of them, an event that occurs only “once in a blue moon!” After May 18 2019, the Read more…

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The Vernal Equinox

Spring Has Arrived! The Vernal Equinox What do you get in Springtime (or thereabouts; that’s how we define it), when the Earth rolls around in its orbit to a place where, if we Earthlings were Read more…

November’s Meteors

The Leonid Meteor Shower. On the nights of November 17th and 18th the Leonid Meteor Shower will peak in the wee hours of the morning on the Oregon Coast. It’s maddeningly unpredictable. In 1933, the Read more…

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Selling the Night Sky

Selling the Night Sky… The Star Wheel An Observatory astronomer once had a great idea for making a fast buck. He’d nab a copy of the city’s list of fire hydrants and sell them one Read more…

Railroad Time

So. It’s simply amazing what astronomy will bring us to, don’t you think? Railroad time. “Think thou existence doth depend on Time?”  On Mar 11, 2018 – Daylight Saving Time Started in the Pacific Northwest. Read more…

Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice – The Shortest Day The most popular of the ancient pagan celebrations was this, the birthday of the “Unconquered Sun”. An anniversary painlessly transferred in early Christian times to the birth of Read more…

Cheap Thrills in August

Meteors! Meteors!! They happen all the time, and there are even certain times in the year when we have great showers of them, events that occur when the Earth passes through a particularly cluttered region Read more…

Destination Mars!

Destination Mars! The first weather report from Mars arrived on July 20, 1976. “Light winds from the East in the late afternoon, changing to light winds from the Southeast after midnight. Maximum winds15 m.p.h. Overnight Read more…

A Brightly Lit Killing Field

A Brightly Lit Killing Field… One of the problems relating to light pollution is the ever-increasing number of space debris particles, any of which could wreak havoc on spacecraft and kill our astronauts, catch light, Read more…