Category Archive: What’s Up In The Sky

Peter Burkey's monthly news articles from the Holland Sentinel

Aug 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – August, 2017 THIS IS IT! In June I wrote about the wonders of witnessing a total solar eclipse like the one coming up on Monday, August 21, and encouraged readers to do some web searches for “information on locations and methods of safe viewing.”  Now, for those traveling to …

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Jul 06

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – July, 2017 Observe Three Planets This Month July can be a great month for sky watching in spite of certain drawbacks.  First and foremost is the fact that the Sun sets after 9:00 p.m. all month, which means it doesn’t get dark enough for viewing until after ten.   …

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Jun 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – June, 2017 The Great American Solar Eclipse The monthly meeting of the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association on January 16, 1992 promised to be a fairly interesting event. Our guest was the accomplished Muskegon astrophotographer, Bill DeVette, who would be giving a talk titled, “Blackout in Baja”, during which he …

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May 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – May, 2017 Leo, the “Star” of the Spring Sky Springtime is great. The trees leaf out, the flowers start to bloom, the songbirds return to their feeders and baths. But the sky does not follow suit. The winter constellations are drifting toward the western horizon and the summer constellations …

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Apr 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – April, 2017 Science as a Candle in the Dark* Holland (the country, not the city) has a rich history when it comes to science, especially astronomy. In 1600 the Italian Roman Catholic scholar, Giordano Bruno, was burned at the stake for his beliefs, among other things, that the universe …

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