Sky Ranger

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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.

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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