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Rocket Signs

Rocket Signs

The January 2022 article for this column showed ways to tell the difference between meteors, airplanes, and satellites in the night sky. This month we are explaining some of the phenomena associated...

End of the Trail, July 2023: Northern Lights

End of the Trail, July 2023: Northern Lights

Photo © Todd Salat. When I first saw this splendid photo on Spaceweather.com, I knew I wanted to use it to illustrate an article touching on various phenomena some of you, our readers, have seen and...

SpaceX and the Fireball

SpaceX and the Fireball

SpaceX launch and fireball. Photo © Jason Rinehart. The skies were dark from the Pine Tree overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. I had come here on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, to...

Satellites

Satellites

I enjoy relaxing and watching the darkness of night extinguish the distractions of daytime, as the tranquil beauty of the silent stars appears. We’re used to those stars holding still, but at times...