astronomy

Fallstreak Fascination

It is always easier to blame aliens. Aliens have been used as scapegoats for everything from crop circles to missing persons.

Solar Eclipse Monday Attracts Skywatchers Wearing Glasses

On Monday a total solar eclipse will cover a wide strip of the country in darkness. While the Vineyard is a long way from the path of totality, Islanders can witness a partial eclipse.

Eclipse Is Much More Than a Glimpse

Martha’s Vineyard will experience a partial solar eclipse Monday. The first order of business is safety.

Syzygy Time: Solar Eclipse Is on the Way

A total solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

Once in a Lifetime Asteroid Encounter

Migratory birds, fish, pollen, plant seeds, and vacationers are on the move, as was a celestial visitor, asteroid 2014 JO25.

Green Comet Makes the Scene

Nantucket astronomer Maria Mitchell always persevered. After many years of study, she discovered a new comet in 1847.

Merry Mars Rules the Winter Sky

December shows much planetary promise.

A Planetary Love Story: Dear Venus, It's Me Jupiter, Again

Venus and Jupiter are two of the brightest planets in the solar system, and lately they have been acting like star-crossed lovers. By Tuesday night, they will appear close enough to shake hands, or if both are in accord perhaps something more romantic.

Reassigning the Planets

Pluto was not the only planet to get a demotion.

Avian Astronomy

September is for the birds.

Now, Soo Whiting, don’t get your feathers ruffled, I won’t tread on your turf (see column to the right). These birds of September are in the sky but won’t fly away or be found in a Sibley Guide. My birds live in the autumn night sky, immortalized forever by the stars.

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