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Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Fall 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin – Fall 2019

The Bells Lake Observatory is about 600 ft from our home. Behind the observatory and to the sides are forested or hay meadows. Bells Lake is 200 ft to the east. It is usually very quiet here, except for birds rustling along the shore. When you add the night sky and the vastness of space […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin

Skywatch with Bill Irwin

By the time this issue comes out, the summer season will be rolling in. The smoke of recent years has taken its toll of some of the prime observing time for most casual observers. That is August and September, when nights are dark enough and warm enough. The sun is the dominant astronomical object of […]

Skywatch with Bill Irwin | Spring 2019

Skywatch with Bill Irwin | Spring 2019

At the time of writing this we are having a real cold snap. Often it is clear at night during these Arctic outflows and if the moon isn’t interfering, those bright winter stars can be spectacular, with Orion the hunter leading the charge in his constant battle with Taurus the bull. Gemini the twins are […]