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Spend this Labor Day under the Stars

Spend this Labor Day under the Stars

It is a great year to take advantage of the recommendations to stay home over the Labor Day weekend by spending it under the stars. The early evening sky will be moonless, providing ideal stargazing conditions. You don't even need a telescope to enjoy it....

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September New Moon 2021

September New Moon 2021

September 8 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon, and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for September: September 6: New Moon September 13: First Quarter September...

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August New Moon 2021

August New Moon 2021

August 8 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon, and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for August: August 8: New Moon August 15: First Quarter August 22: Full Moon...

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10 Things to Know about Night Sky Tourist

10 Things to Know about Night Sky Tourist

ONE We love astronomy, but this is not the primary topic of this website. You will indeed find plenty of articles about astronomy-related topics, but the focus here is on experiencing the night sky. Those experiences may be in your backyard, at an observatory or...

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Syncing with Earth’s Rhythms Part 1: Day and Night

Syncing with Earth’s Rhythms Part 1: Day and Night

In this three-part series, we dive into Earth’s various rhythms and how they impact our lives. Most people live busy, always-on lives with habits that disconnect them from those rhythms. That disconnect impacts our health and well-being in numerous ways. Sunrise....

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July 2021 New Moon

July 2021 New Moon

July 9 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for July: July 1: Third Quarter July 9: New Moon July 17: First Quarter July 23:...

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7 Constellations You Should Learn this Summer

7 Constellations You Should Learn this Summer

The best way to learn the constellations is to learn a few at a time each season. Once you identify these seven, you’ll easily spot them again next summer and then you can add a few more each year. Make time to do some stargazing at least a couple of times a week. Try...

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Nighttime Pollinators and Light Pollution

Nighttime Pollinators and Light Pollution

I am working on my certification as a Master Gardener with the University of Arizona Master Gardener Program. I was asked to contribute an article for their monthly Roots & Shoots magazine, so I decided to combine my gardening hobby with my love for the night sky....

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June 2021 New Moon

June 2021 New Moon

June 10 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here are the Moon phases for June: June 2: Third Quarter June 10: New Moon June 17: First Quarter June...

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Moon Milk Magic?

Moon Milk Magic?

The first time I heard about Moon Milk was during a late-night scrolling session through Pinterest. I was likely searching for things related to astronomy or the Moon, and Moon Milk popped up in my search. I wondered, “What the heck is Moon Milk?” I have a curious...

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Super Blood Moon 2021

Super Blood Moon 2021

The Full Moon this month holds a surprise for stargazers and Moon lovers. Astronomers call it a Super Blood Moon. It may sound creepy, but it will be beautiful! WHAT IS A SUPER BLOOD MOON? On May 26, 2021, we will have a Full Moon. But not just any Full Moon...a...

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May 2021 New Moon

May 2021 New Moon

May 11 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here is what is coming from the New Moon in May through the New Moon in June: May 11: New Moon May 19:...

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Earth Day for the Night Sky

Earth Day for the Night Sky

On December 24, 1968, William Anders peered through his camera aboard the Apollo 8 lunar orbiter and took one of the most famous images of all time. As the orbiter made its way across the surface of the moon, the astronauts watched Earth rise above the horizon. Anders...

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Finding the Date for Easter

Finding the Date for Easter

Most of our favorite holidays fall on a specific calendar date each year. Easter, however, is moveable feast, which means that its date shifts across the Spring calendar according to an ancient formula. THE CRUCIFIXION DATE 16th century fresco depicting the Council of...

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April New Moon 2021

April New Moon 2021

April 11 marks the next New Moon of 2021. Night Sky Tourist has claimed 2021 as our Year of the Moon and we plan to learn all about our nearest celestial neighbor. Here is what is coming from the New Moon in April through the New Moon in May: April 11: New Moon April...

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Hoover Dam’s Astronomical Site

Hoover Dam’s Astronomical Site

I recently visited Hoover Dam at the border of Nevada and Arizona and discovered an astronomical site!  It is a beautiful example of modern-day archaeoastronomy. I visited Hoover Dam about fourteen years ago but never noticed this remarkable work of human imagination...

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