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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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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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Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Dark Sky Community

Fountain Hills, Arizona: A Dark Sky Community

Fountain Hills, Arizona is more than an International Dark Sky Community, although it is that. It is also the place I have called home for twenty-three years. The first time I visited Fountain Hills was three years before I moved here. We drove down Shea Boulevard...

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Asteroid Headed Toward Earth…Will It Hit?

Asteroid Headed Toward Earth…Will It Hit?

You might have seen it in the news lately: “Asteroid Headed Toward Earth One Day Before November Election.” Are we in danger of the next mass extinction? Should we sell all we have and run up our credit cards because the end of the world is weeks away? Let’s all take...

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Astronomy vs Astrology: Are They the Same?

Astronomy vs Astrology: Are They the Same?

Several years ago, my local newspaper wrote an article about the summer camp at our town’s museum. “Vicky Derksen taught lessons on astrology to the participants,” it said. This was not the first time people wrote about me teaching astrology and I’m sure it won’t be...

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year and the first day of Summer is on June 20. Most ancient cultures celebrated this day with elaborate rituals to their Sun deities. Whether it was Shemesh for the Canaanites & Hebrews, Sol Invictus for the Romans, Inti for the Inca, or Ra...

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