Category Archive: What’s Up In The Sky

Peter Burkey's monthly news articles from the Holland Sentinel

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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Mar 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – March, 2017 Planets Everywhere Planets have been in the news a lot lately. After an historic flyby of Pluto in 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft continues toward its next target, Kuiper Belt object MU69, a small (estimated diameter of 30 miles, maximum), icy world orbiting the Sun beyond the …

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Feb 01

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – February, 2017 There’s Much to See When the Sky Clears February usually does not lend itself to stargazing for several reasons – bad weather, cold nights, and bad weather. It is unfortunate because on clear nights there is quite a bit to see. You probably have noticed the bright …

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Jan 03

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – January, 2017 2016 – An Historic Year for Astronomy This is a time of year traditionally known for reflection and anticipation and last year was also been a year of milestones for astronomers. It seems appropriate to look back on major events and discoveries that will make 2016 historic. …

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Dec 03

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – December, 2016 December’s Sky Has Much to Offer December can be a frustrating month for observing due to its notoriously bad weather, but the legends and lore associated with those hidden sky wonders can add wonder to the season. Venus is currently doing a good job posing as the …

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