Space Station Back At Dusk / See Orion’s Curlicue and Five Dawn Planets

I hadn’t been paying attention, so I was pleasantly surprised two nights ago to see the International Space Station (ISS) made a bright pass in the southwestern sky. A quick check revealed that another round of evening passes had begun for locations across the central and northern U.S., Canada and Europe.  I like the evening ones because Read More …

A Challenge in Visual Athletics: Hunting the Gegenschein

  Looking for something truly elusive? Astronomy has no shortage of the fleeting and ephemeral when it comes to challenges. This week’s challenge will require supremely dark skies and persistence. We’re talking about the gegenschein, the elusive counter glow lying opposite to the Sun across the plane of the ecliptic. We bring this up now, Read More …