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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.

June 2024

May 24, 2024 Posted by: Rich Fefferman

Did you see the recent display of the aurora?

 

May 2024

April 29, 2024 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Catch our namesake Arch of Spring before it leaves the evening sky, and the summer star Vega as it arrives.

 

April 2024

March 29, 2024 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

In the last of a three-part series, our Sky Ranger discusses how to safely view the April 8th solar eclipse.

 

Special Edition March 15 2024

March 15, 2024 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn more about where to go and why you should make a point to experience totality on April 8th, in the second part of our Sky Ranger's blog about the eclipse.

 

Mar 2024

February 27, 2024 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn "Why the Magic Happens"- the first part of our Sky Ranger's guide to the upcoming April 8 solar eclipse.

 

February 2024

January 26, 2024 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Inspired by the Leap Year, our Sky Ranger's February blog post is devoted to the somewhat obscure constellation, Lepus the Hare.  Learn about it here...

 

January 2024

December 20, 2023 Posted by: Rich Fefferman

Yes, it will be cold, but it will be worth it to bundle up and catch some planets at dawn and dusk this January.

 

December 2023

November 27, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

December's evening skies feature good groupings of the Moon and planets as well as perhaps the best meteor shower of the year.

 

September 2023

August 31, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Learn about Saturn, the Gem of the Heavens, visible in September's evening skies.

 

July 2023

June 28, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

The departure of Venus will be the outstanding event of the July skies.

 

June 2023

May 30, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Our Sky Ranger looks at Lewis & Clark and other journeys, some successful, some not so much.

 

May 2023

April 28, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Catch our sister planet Venus at its best in May's evening skies.

 

April 2023

March 28, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

This April presents a great chance to spot the Iron Planet learn about it in our Sky Ranger's monthly blog.

 

March 2023

February 28, 2023 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

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.

 

February 2023

January 31, 2023 Posted by: Rich Fefferman

Get the real story about "the great green comet" and also a grouping of planets worth looking at.

 

January 2023

December 27, 2022 Posted by: Richard Fefferman

Ride the night sky's Lazy River- learn about it in our Sky Ranger's blog post for January.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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."

 

Last updated: November 16, 2018

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