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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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March New Moon 2021

March New Moon 2021

March 13 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 March through the New Moon in April: March 13: New Moon...

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Black History Month: Diversity in Astronomy

Black History Month: Diversity in Astronomy

Astronomy is one of the world’s oldest natural sciences. Nearly all of the early civilizations in recorded history were deeply connected to the night sky. They made methodical observations of the transit of the Sun, Moon, and stars and many of them recorded them in...

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February New Moon 2021

February New Moon 2021

February 11th 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 February through the New Moon in March February 11: New...

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A Year of the Moon in 2021

A Year of the Moon in 2021

Here on the Night Sky Tourist website as well as the Night Sky Tourist podcast, we are claiming 2021 as our Year of the Moon. After the Sun, nothing plays as big of a role in our cosmic awareness as the Moon. Whether it serves us on a romantic evening or is a...

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January New Moon 2021

January New Moon 2021

January 13th marks the first 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 January through the New Moon in February. January 13:...

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Night Sky Tourist in 2021

Night Sky Tourist in 2021

I am filled with anticipation for the future of Night Sky Tourist in 2021. When Night Sky Tourist entered 2020, it was just a couple of months old. My goal was to create a quality website, blog, and newsletter that would inspire people to engage with the night sky. It...

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Winter Solstice: Living Seasonally

Winter Solstice: Living Seasonally

What a year it has been. With so many cancelled events and reduced options for social activities for most of the year, my hope is that more people took time to get outside, especially at night so they could see the stars. As crazy as the various events of 2020 have...

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Episode 3: Winter Solstice Special

Episode 3: Winter Solstice Special

In episode 3 of the Night Sky Tourst, members of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association in Arizona join us for a Winter Solstice special. They share ancient cultural tales of this significant seasonal observance and will take you on a journey around the world to...

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Jupiter and Saturn: The Great Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn: The Great Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn are about to treat stargazers with The Great Conjunction, a rare astronomical event. THE GREAT CONJUNCTION We’ve watched Jupiter and Saturn make their way across our night sky all summer and fall, but before they vanish from sight until next year,...

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Episode 2: Lights Out with Marsha Diane Arnold

Episode 2: Lights Out with Marsha Diane Arnold

In episode 2 of Night Sky Tourist podcast, Marsha Diane Arnold joins us. She is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 books. Her most recent book, Lights Out!, introduces the concept of light pollution to young readers in a gentle and beautiful way...

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