2023, 07 July

Favorite Focus, July 2023

Favorite Focus, July 2023

Northern lights as seen in Kansas. Photo © Thaddeaus Magley. Fireflies. Photo © Steven Russell Smith. It looks to me like Steven Russel Smith’s creative juices were working overtime again. Let this...

Covers, July 2023

Covers, July 2023

African elephants. Photo © Aelice/iStock.com. Eastern Screech-Owl feeding young. Photo © Marlin D. Shank.

Creating a Milky Way Panorama

Creating a Milky Way Panorama

There are few things more beautiful than a breathtaking landscape or nightscape—especially one that includes the Lord’s incredible Milky Way! A panorama enhances everything we love about landscapes,...

Making Better Compost

Making Better Compost

With more attention to detail and a few extra tools, compost can be made fertilizer-grade where a little bit goes a long way. What we’re talking about here is not the SAM (stacked, aged manure)that...

Hercules

Hercules

M13. Photo © Reinhold Wittich/Dreamstime.com. Hercules, the Strongman, is a large constellation that lies straight east of Bootes, the constellation we focused on last month. If you imagine a line...

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...

Caption This Frog

Caption This Frog

Tree frog. Photo © Dirk Ercken/Dreamstime.com. We invite you to submit your caption for this photograph of a tree frog in the Bolivian rain forest. The photograph will be used on the back of the...

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...

In Our Skies, July 2023: Perseid Meteor Shower

In Our Skies, July 2023: Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower is the most popular meteor shower of the year. This is partly because it always peaks during the warm nights of summer, and partly because it is the second-strongest shower...

My Walk

My Walk

Spruce Grouse. Photo © Jessica Tschetter. It’s early May. Summer is now installed, and so is the itch to find and photograph summer wildlife—in me anyway. The sunny afternoon seemed an ideal time to...