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:

2011

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

2010

Oct 26, 2010 Guest Blog: In Defence of GPS
Oct 23, 2010 Has Your Observing Site Gotten Brighter?
Oct 18, 2010 Tunnel Vision Navigation
Oct 13, 2010 The North America Nebula
Oct 4, 2010 Deep-Sky Wonders Again
Sept 27, 2010 Blinded by the Light
Sept 20, 2010 Backcountry Stargazing Again
Sept 1, 2010 S&T's New Single-Issue Magazine
Aug 22, 2010 Stargazing versus Hiking
Aug 13, 2010 Stellafane at its Best
July 14, 2010 Corrected Light-Pollution Atlas
July 7, 2010 Have You Seen TWAN?
June 23, 2010 Hobby Q&A
May 26, 2010 Mount Wilson: Old and New
May 25, 2010 RTMC 2010: the 42-inch CDK
May 25, 2010 RTMC 2010, Part II
May 23, 2010 Palomar Observatory
May 19, 2010 RTMC 2010, Part I
May 10, 2010 Griffith Observatory
May 4, 2010 Travel Scopes
Apr 24, 2010 2001, A Space Odyssey
Apr 9, 2010 The First Geek
Mar 28, 2010 Stargazing and Science Fiction
Mar 16, 2010 Debating Human Spaceflight
Mar 5, 2010 Binocular Blogs
Feb 21, 2010 The Belt of Venus
Feb 17, 2010 Thoughts about Pluto
Feb 16, 2010 Venus, Jupiter, and Vesta
Feb 14, 2010 Thoughts about Star Charts
Feb 7, 2010 Double-Star Resources
Jan 27, 2010 The Joy of Double Stars
Jan 13, 2010 My First Grazing Occultation

2009

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

2007

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

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