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Bruce McClure

Polaris is the North Star

Many people think Polaris is the brightest star, but it's only 50th in brightness. Still, Polaris is famous because the entire northern sky wheels around it.

Comet Halley, parent of 2 meteor showers

The famous comet Halley spawns both the May Eta Aquariid meteor shower and the October Orionid meteor shower.

Virgo the Maiden in northern spring skies

Virgo the Maiden is the largest of the zodiac constellations. A handy mnemonic device and its bright star Spica make it easy to find.

Friday the 13th comes once in 2022

The calendar seems to have a life of its own when it comes to Friday the 13th and number play. Happy Friday the 13th!

2022’s 1st eclipse season has 2 eclipses

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

Meet M13, the Great Cluster in Hercules

Many stargazers call it the finest globular cluster in the northern half of the heavens. It's M13, also known as the Great Cluster in Hercules.

Clock time and sun time agree in mid-April

Sun time and clock agree every year in mid-April. It means that, when the midday sun climbs highest, both sundial and your local clock read 12 noon.

Cor Caroli, named for the heart of a king

Cor Caroli is a binary star and the brightest star in the northern constellation Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs. Its name means Heart of Charles.

Mizar and Alcor in the bend of the Big Dipper

Mizar and Alcor are a famous pair of stars located at the bend of the handle of the Big Dipper. Can you see both without using binoculars?

Meet Cancer the Crab and its Beehive Cluster

Cancer the Crab is one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Learn how to find it in your sky, plus learn about its star cluster, mythology and more.