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Park Ranger Richard Fefferman, Gateway Arch National Park's "Sky Ranger" shares his knowledge of the stars and talks about currently occurring celestial events.

October 2022

September 30, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn how to locate a trio of triangles plus some challenge objects in October's night skies.

 

September 2022

August 31, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

After a long absence, a couple of planets begin to appear in our evening skies.  Learn how to spot them in our Sky Ranger's latest monthly blog.

 

August 2022

August 01, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about two famous crosses that are part of the night sky.

 

July 2022

June 27, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about seven "first magnitude" stars that adorn July's night skies.

 

June 2022

June 01, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Are there really "billions and billions" of stars visible to the naked eye?  Find out by reading "Count the Stars," our Sky Ranger's blog entry for June.

 

May 2022

May 02, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about the upcoming "Super Flower Blood Moon" that will take place on the night of May 15th.

 

April 2022

March 29, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn how to spot an ark, an arch, and the Arch of Spring in the April night sky.

 

March 2022

February 23, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

The March night skies are filled with bright stars and famous 'deep-sky' objects.

 

February 2022

February 01, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Reflections on the benefits and costs of space exploration.

 

January 2022

December 31, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger discusses how you can duplicate observations made by the Maya civilization more than a thousand years ago.

 

December 2021

December 01, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Venus throws stargazers a holiday present this December.

 

November 2021

October 30, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

The moon points the way to several planets and is itself eclipsed in November 2021.

 

October 2021

September 27, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn how to spot four planets in October's night skies.

 

September 2021

August 30, 2021 Posted by: Richard Feffermsn

Learn about some "flying" constellations and three bright planets visible in the September skies.

 

August 2021

July 29, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Some tips from our Sky Ranger on how to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which should be very good this year.

 

July 2021

June 25, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about the celestial Scorpion, one of the most distinctive and beautiful constellations in the sky.

 

June 2021

May 21, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger shares information about the May 26 lunar eclipse plus two more "visible" this year.

 

May 2021

April 30, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about a counterpart to the Gateway Arch- the Arch of Spring in the sky, a chance to see the innermost planets, and some unusual star stories.

 

April 2021

March 31, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

There is a lot of parallel between some of the qualities embodied in the names of the Mars rovers and our Park's own themes.

 

March 2021

February 26, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about how to find the Winter Triangle and the Great Hexagon in the night sky.

 

February 2021

January 29, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger gives tips on how you can find a distant galaxy and a celestial ghoul

 

January 2021

January 04, 2021 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger relates the winding up of December's Great Conjunction.

 

December 2020

November 30, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about the closest Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in almost any of our lifetimes.

 

November 2020

November 02, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn how to find all five bright planets in the November skies.

 

October 2020

September 28, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Something Red Something Blue

 

September 2020

September 01, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about Mars' best appearance until 2035

 

August 2020

July 31, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower, usually the best of the year.

 

July 2020

July 02, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

"Our Sky Ranger describes how the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn are converging in the evening sky, while moving backwards at the same time."

 

June 2020

June 04, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger looks at an interesting constellation in this June's sky.

 

May 2020

May 05, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger discusses the dramatic departure of Venus from the evening sky, along with a special online event coming May 30th.

 

April 2020

April 01, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

While most of us seem to have more time on our hands these days, why not step outside this evening and take a look at the night sky.

 

March 2020

March 10, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger completes his tour of the winter constellations.

 

February 2020

February 03, 2020 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger highlights Orion's hunting dogs as well as a couple of February sky events.

 

January 2020

January 10, 2020 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

Orion, the Hunter is featured in our Sky Ranger's January blog entry

 

December 2019

December 11, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

Here is our Sky Ranger's blog entry for December, featuring the spectacular appearance of Venus into our night sky.

 

Special Meteor Edition

November 19, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

A special update on the “Arch Meteor” and a surprise opportunity to view a meteor shower on November 21.

 

November 2019

November 08, 2019 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

A guide to astronomical events in November of 2019

 

October 2019

October 02, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

Have you ever seen the International Space Station?  On a favorable pass overhead, the ISS can outshine all stars and planets in the sky, shining as a brilliant starlike object resembling a slowly moving airplane. This October will be a good time to see the ISS, with an evening series of passes visible from St. Louis Oct. 2-12.

 

September 2019

September 05, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

As we move to late summer, the planet Jupiter is by far the brightest star-like object in the night sky, in the south to southwest as the sky gets dark.  Saturn, dimmer but still obvious, is the next bright “star” to Jupiter’s left.  These two will be the only planets easily seen this month, as the others hover in the same direction as the Sun.

 

August 2019

August 07, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

This month, I will write more about things and events we can’t see more than what we can.  That is how things go with the sky- a great event can take place when skies are cloudy, or the Earth could be turned the wrong way at the time so that our part of the world can’t see it.

 

July 2019

July 01, 2019 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Memories of Apollo
SkyRanger Richard's childhood account of the first moon landing.

 

June 2019

June 04, 2019 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

The month of June offers a chance to spot two pairs of planets in the night sky.

 

May 2018

May 10, 2019 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

As the weather warms, the sun gets higher, and the nights shorter, the constellation Leo comes to dominate May’s night skies. 

 

April 2019

April 10, 2019 Posted by: Rich Fefferman, Sky Ranger

With the weather warming up, it’s time to resume my stargazing blog.

 

December 2018

December 06, 2018 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

“Falling” and “Hairy” stars dominate the Skies
December nights can be tricky- they are sometimes very clear, sometimes not all that cold, but it seems like they are hardly ever both.  The clearest nights often come right after a cold front has come through, but there will be a couple of rewards in the sky for those who bundle up, especially around the middle of the month.

 

November 2018

November 16, 2018 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Introduction to Sky Ranger Richard Fefferman and the first entry in the blog

 

Last updated: November 16, 2018

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