December 11, 2019
Here is our Sky Ranger's blog entry for December, featuring the spectacular appearance of Venus into our night sky.
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
SkyRanger Richard's childhood account of the first moon landing.
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
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 16, 2018
Introduction to Sky Ranger Richard Fefferman and the first entry in the blog