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Bruce McClure

Galaxy’s south window looks into intergalactic space

Use the bright star Fomalhaut to visualize looking out our galaxy's south window, looking away from our galaxy's flat star-rich disk, into intergalactic space.

See Orion’s Belt as a celestial bridge

Many know Orion's Belt, a short straight row of 3 stars. To the Aymara, Orion's Belt is a Celestial Bridge between the sky's Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Mirach is guide star to 3 galaxies

Mirach in the constellation Andromeda helps stargazers locate the Andromeda Galaxy, the Triangulum Galaxy, and "Mirach's Ghost" (NGC 404).

Big Dipper (Sky Bear) comes to Earth in November

Every year, the Big Dipper (Great Bear) descends to its lowest point in the sky on November evenings. This makes it difficult, or impossible, to see.

1st Election Day total lunar eclipse for US

Tuesday, November 8, 2022, will bring the 1st Election Day total lunar eclipse in U.S. history. It won't happen again until November 8, 2394.

Algol the Demon Star of Perseus

What's the scariest star in all the heavens? Look for Algol the Demon Star on autumn evenings. It's a great choice for a driveway telescope night on Halloween.

Double Cluster in Perseus on October evenings

The Double Cluster in Perseus is a breathtaking pair of star clusters, easy to see in October. Here's how to find it in your sky.

Halloween is a cross-quarter day

A cross-quarter day falls between an equinox and a solstice. Halloween is the year's 4th cross-quarter day and the spookiest day of the year.

2022’s 2nd eclipse season has 2 eclipses

There are many cycles in the heavens. We're coming up to a noticeable cycle - the 2nd eclipse season this year - right now. It starts with a solar eclipse.

Meet Aquarius the Water Bearer and its stars

Aquarius lies in a “watery” part of the sky, near Pisces the Fish, Cetus the Whale, Eridanus the River and Piscis Austrinus the Southern Fish.