Category Archive: What’s Up In The Sky

Peter Burkey's monthly news articles from the Holland Sentinel

Jan 31

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – February, 2021 What’s Up With Betelgeuse? Last month we focused on one of the most prominent and popular constellations, Orion. Now, as if bright nebulae, stars of all sizes and colors, and a sword and belt recognizable by all weren’t enough, Orion’s brightest and most famous (they named a …

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Jan 03

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – January, 2021 Welcome Back Winter Constellations Most people probably don’t consider January to be a time for going out and enjoying the wintry sky. After all, it’s usually cold and cloudy and often snowing. But on those rare occasions when the sky is clear, it is definitely worth the …

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Dec 03

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – December, 2020 Planets Put on a Great Show Although I often write about things that end up being hidden by clouds, this month offers a very good chance to witness a very rare sight. If your gaze has drifted toward the southwestern evening sky lately, you have hopefully noticed …

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Nov 05

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – November, 2020 Spacecraft in the News and Planets in the Sky I want to begin this month’s column with a brain teaser: What did OSIRIS-REx say after orbiting Bennu for a couple of years? Before you answer, you may need a little background. OSIRIS-REx is a spacecraft that was …

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Sep 10

What’s Up in the Sky

What’s Up in the Sky – September, 2020 Astronomy as an Art Form There’s way more to astronomy than just “what’s up in the sky”. Sometimes the intersection of several branches of science or the combination of science and art can lead to some fascinating discoveries or the confirmation of existing theories. Such is the …

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