Stargazing Blogs

On and off from 2007 through early 2011, I wrote a blog entitled Stargazing for the S&T website.

Many of the Stargazing blogs talk about the relationship between stargazing and other nature activities, notably hiking. Here, Jupiter sets over Sphinx Col in New Hampshire's White Mountains, as viewed from The Bluff.
Tony Flanders
I had a lot of fun doing this, because I got to write about any old topic I wanted, as long as it was in any way connected to astronomy. But when I started working on the SkyWeek TV show, I simply ran out of available hours per week. I also get to talk about anything I want in SkyWeek, but video emphasizes presentation over content. I can reach a broader audience with SkyWeek, but I can't cover nearly as wide a range of subjects, or delve as deeply into them.

I find myself still referring back to those old Stargazing blogs quite frequently; there's a lot of good stuff in there. I may start writing meta-blogs calling attention to old blogs or groups of blogs that I find particularly interesting. Meanwhile, in case anybody's interested, is a complete list of all Stargazing blogs from 2007 through 2011:


Sept 1, 2011Lots Going On in the Sky
June 24, 2011Is Asteroid 2011 MD Space Junk?
Feb 14, 2011Measuring Skyglow with Digital Cameras
Jan 10, 2011SkyScanner 100 vs. 4.5-inch StarBlast
Jan 7, 2011The Joy of Small Instruments


Oct 26, 2010Guest Blog: In Defence of GPS
Oct 23, 2010Has Your Observing Site Gotten Brighter?
Oct 18, 2010Tunnel Vision Navigation
Oct 13, 2010The North America Nebula
Oct 4, 2010Deep-Sky Wonders Again
Sept 27, 2010Blinded by the Light
Sept 20, 2010Backcountry Stargazing Again
Sept 1, 2010S&T's New Single-Issue Magazine
Aug 22, 2010Stargazing versus Hiking
Aug 13, 2010Stellafane at its Best
July 14, 2010Corrected Light-Pollution Atlas
July 7, 2010Have You Seen TWAN?
June 23, 2010Hobby Q&A
May 26, 2010Mount Wilson: Old and New
May 25, 2010RTMC 2010: the 42-inch CDK
May 25, 2010RTMC 2010, Part II
May 23, 2010Palomar Observatory
May 19, 2010RTMC 2010, Part I
May 10, 2010Griffith Observatory
May 4, 2010Travel Scopes
Apr 24, 20102001, A Space Odyssey
Apr 9, 2010The First Geek
Mar 28, 2010Stargazing and Science Fiction
Mar 16, 2010Debating Human Spaceflight
Mar 5, 2010Binocular Blogs
Feb 21, 2010The Belt of Venus
Feb 17, 2010Thoughts about Pluto
Feb 16, 2010Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta
Feb 14, 2010Thoughts about Star Charts
Feb 7, 2010Double-Star Resources
Jan 27, 2010The Joy of Double Stars
Jan 13, 2010My First Grazing Occultation


Nov 25, 2009More on Scopes and Binoculars
Nov 9, 2009Paradoxical Messier 33
Nov 4, 2009Chainsaw Astronomy
Oct 13, 2009Doing Deep-Sky Wonders
Sept 29, 2009Hiking Under the Stars
July 10, 2009Light Pollution in North America
June 25, 2009Light Pollution Per Capita
June 14, 2009Is the U.S. Bright or Dark?
June 5, 2009Ground Truth for the Light Pollution Atlas


td>Feb 13, 2007
Dec 21, 2007A Fun Year
Dec 19, 2007The Scientific Value of Visual Observing
Dec 12, 2007Holmes: Victim of Its Own Success
Dec 7, 2007A Night in the Life of an S&T Editor
Nov 30, 2007The Reliability of Visual Observing
Nov 20, 2007The Amazing Comet Holmes
Nov 15, 2007Traveling Without a Scope
Oct 11, 2007Bye for a While
Sep 28, 2007Big Binocular Messier Survey
Sep 20, 2007Do the Planet Limbo
Sep 12, 2007Calendars
Aug 31, 2007Ridiculously Small Optics
Aug 29, 2007Moonset Eclipse
Aug 23, 2007Astronomical Twilight
Aug 16, 2007Discussions Restored
Aug 14, 2007Stellafane
Aug 9, 2007Some Suburban Messiers
Aug 2, 2007Twilight
Jul 30, 2007Microsaccades
Jul 26, 2007The North America Nebula
Jul 24, 2007Comet Envy
Jul 20, 2007Anticipating August
Jul 17, 2007Pollution and Stargazing
Jul 13, 2007Galaxies and Clusters and Comet, Oh My!
Jul 5, 2007Strange Encounters Part II
Jun 26, 2007Strangers in the Night
Jun 21, 2007The Day the Sun Stands Still
Jun 14, 2007Decisions, Decisions
Jun 8, 2007Desk-Chair Science
Jun 1, 2007Fear
May 25, 2007Unexpected Connections
May 15, 2007Big Sky
May 10, 2007Coda: Binoculars Versus Starblast
May 1, 2007Binoculars Part III: One Eye Versus Two
Apr 27, 2007Three Binoculars: Part II
Apr 23, 2007A Tale of Three Binoculars: Part I
Apr 13, 2007Stars and Birds
Apr 4, 2007How Brightly Shines the Moon?
Mar 31, 2007Better Late Than Never
Mar 22, 2007Measuring Skyglow
Mar 28, 2007School Time
Mar 21, 2007Dressing Up for an Evening Out
Mar 16, 2007Equipment
Mar 14, 2007Waiting for Sagittarius
Mar 7, 2007The Meaning of Stargazing
Mar 5, 2007A Spontaneous Star Party
Feb 26, 2007Celestial Time and Human Time
Feb 22, 2007Instant Astronomy
Feb 19, 2007June in February
Feb 16, 2007Stars and Snowflakes
Mercury Retrospective
Feb 9, 2007Keeping Myself Honest
Jan 31, 2007Hello World

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