Planets of Gas and Ice

Billions of years ago in an outer region of a solar nebula, the one we now call the solar system, gravity formed two large...

Exploring Tahoe’s night sky

While Tahoe’s blue skies are enchanting during the day, once night falls, the scattered light of stars and planets against the black sky can...

Balloons to live stream eclipse

On Aug. 21, millions of people along a 70-mile wide path of totality in the United States stretching from coast to coast will experience...

Star light, star bright · Explore the night sky

Stars, planets, nebula and meteors are ever present in the universe. Unseen during the day for the most part, and in many parts of...

Explore the Milky Way

The Milky Way in August as seen from the northern shores of Lake Tahoe is spectacular to behold on a moonless evening. Breaching as...

The moons of Jupiter

Jules Verne (1828-1905) wrote adventure stories about a trip “From the Earth to the Moon” and a visit to “The Mysterious Island;” only two...

Our Place in the Milky Way Galaxy

Our view of the cosmos is hidden by the light scattering of the Sun during the daylight hours causing the illusion of a blue...

Kayaking under the light of the moon

The sun is setting. Waves are crashing over the bow of the kayak as Jani Osborne of Alpenglow Cleaners and I paddle out for...

The majesty of meteor showers

Meteor showers provide a magnificent show in the late-night Tahoe sky. A few years back, I hiked Mount Judah Loop at 1 a.m. to...

Full Moon fever

Full Moons Dec. 6 | Moon Before Yule or Long Night Moon Jan. 5 | Old Moon or Moon After Yule Feb. 3 | Snow Moon, Hunger...