Mark’s North Star Astronomy Blog


Imagine yourself on a clear, dark, moonless night, far away from the glare of city lights. As you gaze upward you see a sky, silent and jeweled with the constellations of ancient myth and legend – a view which no image can truly capture. Literally thousands of stars are scattered from one horizon to the next which has inspired wonder throughout the ages and continues to boggle our imagination today.

For thousands of years people looked up at the heavens and contemplated the universe and the mysteries it holds. Like the ancient people who gazed at the stars, we too find our thoughts grasping for answers to questions about how this vast universe was created. Where did the Earth, Moon, and Sun come from? What are the planets and stars made of? And how do we fit in to the bigger picture?

In response to this awe and wonder, the science of astronomy was born. People have sought answers to questions about the universe since the earliest of times. To wonder about the universe is a human endeavor which fuels our desire to explore, to discover, and our need to understand and reason what we have observed. Astronomy, the oldest of all the sciences, is an observational science.

The purpose of this blog is to share with you basic star gazing tips and to enlighten you to the wonders of some of the observable celestial happenings in the night sky. From time to time, I may elicit some of my experiences through my own stargazing adventures, photography, and public outreach events. As I mentioned, astronomy is an observational science and it can be challenging. Through this blog, I hope some of astronomy’s abstract concepts are made clear and will entice more questions and discussion. But more than that, I hope this blog will motivate you to go outside and look up at the beauty the night sky has to offer.

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