2023, 09 September

Packrat Treasures

Packrat Treasures

Bushy-tailed woodrat. Photo © Melani Wright|Dreamstime.com. So often when people hear the word “rat,” they shudder and think of the big black rats in the city that run in alleyways or gutters. But...

Lighting for Lightning

Lighting for Lightning

Lightning flickered in the west. Invisible waves of wind rocked the treetops. Would it rain? The dry ground could use it.“If there is a storm tonight, I might leave when it is over and go to Salt...

Aquila

Aquila

Aquila, the Eagle, is a mid-sized constellation that lies right along the summer Milky Way just south of the zenith on September evenings in the mid-northern latitudes. Altair, the brightest star of...

Caption This Penguin

Caption This Penguin

King Penguin. Photo © Ben Goode|Dreamstime.com. We invite you to submit your caption for this photograph of a King Penguin. The photograph will be used on the back of the January issue, along with...

Learn About Straight-line Light

Learn About Straight-line Light

When I was a boy, I enjoyed making tents. I liked to use covers to make cozy tents with rooms and doorways. So if you enjoy making tents too, you will enjoy this activity. I will give you an...

Measuring the Universe—How Astronomers Try

Measuring the Universe—How Astronomers Try

Stellar parallax diagram. The claims that modern-day astronomers make about the size of the universe seem almost unbelievable. To better understand the tremendous distances they’re describing, we...

In Our Skies, September 2023: Annular Solar Eclipse

In Our Skies, September 2023: Annular Solar Eclipse

You’ve probably noticed that the Moon appears larger when it lies just above the horizon. This is just an optical illusion. However, the Moon actually does vary in its distance from Earth because...

Superbly Created

Superbly Created

Male Superb Fairywren. Photo © Andrew Allen|CC-BY-4.0. In the brush, a male Superb Fairywren sat fluffing his feathers, occasionally pausing to chatter his sweet, rollicking song. His actions were...