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Guy Ottewell

A magnified view of Jupiter and Saturn at conjunction

On December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 1/5 of a moon-diameter apart! Guy Ottewell offers insights and charts showing a magnified (telescopic) view of their once-in-20-years great conjunction.

Earth in the balance today

Guy Ottewell's insights on today's autumnal equinox.

2020 is your year to see Capricornus

Poor Capricornus. The early Greek stargazers labeled it as a Sea Goat, but no amount of squinting - or even imagining - can help you see a Goat in this part of the sky. In 2020, Jupiter and Saturn come to the rescue!

Planetary alignment? Increase in volcanoes?

The book called "The Jupiter Effect" suggested an alignment of planets in 1982 would cause earthly catastrophes, including a great earthquake on California's San Andreas Fault. There's another planetary alignment, of sorts, going on now. Will it cause volcanic eruptions? Charts, and info, from Guy Ottewell.

Insights on Saturn at opposition

Astronomer Guy Ottewell offers his insights - and chart-making skills - to you during this 2020 opposition of our solar system's golden and glorious planet of the rings, Saturn.

Insights on Jupiter at opposition

Like so much in astronomy, Jupiter's opposition happens in a way that's cyclical. And the cycle of oppositions for Jupiter is especially pleasing to the mind. Astronomer Guy Ottewell offers his insights - and chart-making skills - to you during this 2020 opposition of our solar system's largest planet.

Where is Proxima Centauri?

You probably know the very nearest star to our sun is Proxima in the triple star system we call Alpha Centauri. Guy Ottewell shows you where in space Proxima is.

Watch for Jupiter, Saturn and the moon

Watch for the moon, Jupiter and Saturn around June 7, 2020. The moon is very bright now, so Jupiter and Saturn are specks in its glare. Jupiter is a brighter speck than Saturn.

Don’t miss Tuesday’s moon-Jupiter-Saturn trio

The planets Jupiter and Saturn are exceedingly near each other now on the sky's dome, heading for a 20-year conjunction later this year. See them with the moon on May 12!

Cheery thoughts for a scary time

Some astronomy thoughts to distract you from quarantine life under the coronavirus plague, from Guy Ottewell.