This always confuses people, who think, “If I’m made mostly of water, and the Moon pulls untold tons of seawater, why shouldn’t the Moon personally affect me?”
This week we face into the winter Milky Way, the spiral arm that’s opposite the galactic core. The Aztecs and Mayas regarded this luminescent band as the path taken by the newly departed en route to heaven. In medieval Europe it was called by its Latin name, Via Galactica, meaning “Milk Street.”
Of the ten first-magnitude stars in the heavens, eight of them will surround the Moon. You’ll notice that the star directly below the Moon is also the very brightest. This blue gem is the famous Dog Star: Sirius. It also happens to be the very closest star we can ever see from New York State.
A deadly anniversary: The 1918 pandemic killed as many people in one year as the Black Death claimed in a century.
From our un-light-polluted region, binoculars pointed at the belt show it immersed in a multitude of little stars, like a swarm of fireflies.
Venus, Mars and moonless meteors will pay us visits in the coming year.
As Hawaii resumes H-bomb air raid warnings, and nuclear brinksmanship continues, we take a further look at what a strike on New York City would mean for the Hudson Valley.
Night Sky columnist Bob Berman has two telescopes that he wants to give away to stargazers who need them.
Seven+ sinister sisters watch over our Halloween rituals. Halloween’s date actually revolved around the Pleiades.
When the universe’s first- and fourth-most-abundant elements combine, the result is often a gas that, surprisingly, has recently cleaned up our air. It’s methane. Most folks call it natural gas. It’s also known as marsh gas and swamp gas, since it’s released by decomposing plants.