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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.
February 28, 2023
Learn more about the great pair of planets currently in the western sky after sunset, as well as the stellar Great Hexagon, in our Sky Ranger's March 2023 blog entry.
January 31, 2023
Get the real story about "the great green comet" and also a grouping of planets worth looking at.
December 27, 2022
Ride the night sky's Lazy River- learn about it in our Sky Ranger's blog post for January.
December 01, 2022
December will provide a "Cosmic Holiday Feast", with a chance to spot all five brighter planets in the evening sky. There will also be a rare chance to see the Moon cover up Mars, which will be brighter than it will be again until 2033.
October 31, 2022
Follow the moon as it points the way to several planets, while being totally eclipsed on November 8th.
September 30, 2022
Learn how to locate a trio of triangles plus some challenge objects in October's night skies.
August 31, 2022
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 01, 2022
Learn about two famous crosses that are part of the night sky.
June 27, 2022
Learn about seven "first magnitude" stars that adorn July's night skies.
June 01, 2022
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 02, 2022
Learn about the upcoming "Super Flower Blood Moon" that will take place on the night of May 15th.
March 29, 2022
Learn how to spot an ark, an arch, and the Arch of Spring in the April night sky.
February 23, 2022
The March night skies are filled with bright stars and famous 'deep-sky' objects.
February 01, 2022
Reflections on the benefits and costs of space exploration.
December 31, 2021
Our Sky Ranger discusses how you can duplicate observations made by the Maya civilization more than a thousand years ago.
December 01, 2021
Venus throws stargazers a holiday present this December.
October 30, 2021
The moon points the way to several planets and is itself eclipsed in November 2021.
September 27, 2021
Learn how to spot four planets in October's night skies.
August 30, 2021
Learn about some "flying" constellations and three bright planets visible in the September skies.
July 29, 2021
Some tips from our Sky Ranger on how to view the Perseid Meteor Shower, which should be very good this year.
June 25, 2021
Learn about the celestial Scorpion, one of the most distinctive and beautiful constellations in the sky.
May 21, 2021
Our Sky Ranger shares information about the May 26 lunar eclipse plus two more "visible" this year.
April 30, 2021
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.
March 31, 2021
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.
February 26, 2021
Learn about how to find the Winter Triangle and the Great Hexagon in the night sky.
January 29, 2021
Our Sky Ranger gives tips on how you can find a distant galaxy and a celestial ghoul
January 04, 2021
Our Sky Ranger relates the winding up of December's Great Conjunction.
November 30, 2020
Learn about the closest Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn in almost any of our lifetimes.
November 02, 2020
Learn how to find all five bright planets in the November skies.
September 28, 2020
Something Red Something Blue
September 01, 2020
Learn about Mars' best appearance until 2035
July 31, 2020
Learn about the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower, usually the best of the year.
July 02, 2020
"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 04, 2020
Our Sky Ranger looks at an interesting constellation in this June's sky.
May 05, 2020
Our Sky Ranger discusses the dramatic departure of Venus from the evening sky, along with a special online event coming May 30th.
April 01, 2020
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 10, 2020
Our Sky Ranger completes his tour of the winter constellations.
February 03, 2020
Our Sky Ranger highlights Orion's hunting dogs as well as a couple of February sky events.
January 10, 2020
Orion, the Hunter is featured in our Sky Ranger's January blog entry
December 11, 2019
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
A special update on the “Arch Meteor” and a surprise opportunity to view a meteor shower on November 21.
November 08, 2019
A guide to astronomical events in November of 2019
October 02, 2019
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 05, 2019
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 07, 2019
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 01, 2019
Memories of Apollo
June 04, 2019
The month of June offers a chance to spot two pairs of planets in the night sky.
May 10, 2019
As the weather warms, the sun gets higher, and the nights shorter, the constellation Leo comes to dominate May’s night skies.
April 10, 2019
With the weather warming up, it’s time to resume my stargazing blog.
December 06, 2018
“Falling” and “Hairy” stars dominate the Skies
November 16, 2018
Introduction to Sky Ranger Richard Fefferman and the first entry in the blog
Last updated: November 16, 2018