February Second Friday Musings

Just a few days until the second Friday in February and, hopefully, our third successful winter star party at Washington Park. Check this space on Friday afternoon for a weather prediction. Again, however, the basic rule: if it’s clear around 6pm, I’ll be out there with my telescope. This has been a tough couple of…

Photos from the Second Friday Star Party

My friend Brie Plucknette took some great photos of the first Second Friday Star Party this past weekend, one of which was on the front page of the Finger Lakes Times, above the fold even! Brie sent me two images to share with you, both of which provide a sense of what it was like…

Second Friday Star Party was a hit!

Thanks to all who came to Friday night’s Star Party in Washington Park. I don’t have an accurate count of how many that attended, but my wife and I counted at least 60 people that we knew–and there seemed to be as many as we didn’t know as we did. So I’m going to say…

Star Party…it’s a wrap!

What happened last night: So here’s what happened. The Finger Lakes Institutes formidable Sarah Meyer and I arrived at McDonough Field at 8:30, pretty much convinced that we see nothing in the sky, and that people wouldn’t come. We were getting ready to hang signs that said “Star Party Cancelled–We’ll try again!” when the cars…

The Great Vanishing Act (of the Night Sky)

Ever drive out into the countryside and marveled at the big strip of the Milky Way arching across the sky and thousands of stars shining everywhere, then wondered why you couldn’t see that from downtown Geneva or from your own driveway? No, the air is not clearer. There’s simply less lights. The splendor of the…