Are you awake before dawn? Good. Go outside. Look east. Bask in the astronomical wonder of seeing all the brightest planets out at the same time, pinpricks of worlds drifting up from the horizon. Missed it? Try again any morning for the next month.
The Orion Nebula has taught astronomers a great deal about how stars are born and how planetary systems form.
This is a week dedicated to the early riser. If you're an energetic morning person who can actually operate in the early hours or just have a strong desire for astronomy that overrides your need for sleep, then you'll be able to witness quite the light show.
There's a reason you can't see stars in the city—lights. Lights everywhere! They drown the sky's bounty out, and apparently it's even affecting Arizona astronomers, who are unfortunately situated right by the border...and the border patrol's spotlights.
Astronomers are rejoicing that they've found the best place on earth for astronomical observation. The only problem? It also happens to be the "very worst place on the surface of the planet for humans." Whoops. Send in the Robots.
Mount a telescope on the SmartStar Cube, and you'll have yourself the lowest-cost way to automatically gaze into the infinite and beyond. This $199 SmartStar Go To AltAzimuth Telescope Mount, otherwise known as the Cube, gives you computerized pointing and tracking, where you select a star, planet or galaxy in a huge…
The next time we go out with our wives to stargaze, we'll definitely take along the Night Navigator Star finder. The handheld device will tell you where your favorite constellation or your zodiac sign in almost instantly. Other features:
We've gotten in enough trouble over the past few months with sex chair posts, so this isn
t one. I promise! This is actually a stargazer chair that can turn a full 360 degrees automatically, tilt backwards and can hold your choice of binoculars. Last time I checked, doesn't stargazing require a telescope? Multiple…