The Night Sky by Eric Erickson

JWST Has Been Busy

The big infrared eye named James Webb Space Telescope has been working hard since first achieving its home position at L2 in January 2022. Sure, there have been many absolutely gorgeous photos published and that keeps us all excited about our investment.

What does Space Weigh?

This seems a peculiar question, but astrophysicists and cosmologists have been trying to weigh space for decades. Another seemingly peculiar question, is empty space empty? Well, that one appears to be moot. Our current state of understanding says no, even a perfect

Science is Wrong!

Some recent headlines appear to suggest science is a sham, or, at least, that many practitioners of the scientific method can’t tell their xxx from a hole in the ground. OK, the second part of the previous sentence might be correct, scientists


This week I take Sky & Telescope’s educational section and condense it. Their section is titled “What are Constellations?”. Beginning with the word constellation, it comes from late Latin language (cōnstellātiō) and translates as “set of stars”. OK, that makes sense. So,

Marfa Lights on Mars?

Marfa Lights are an enigmatic, controversial phenomenon. Some dismiss them as nothing more than atmospheric distortions of car headlights from the distant highway. Others offer more complex answers, from extraterrestrials to will-o’-the-wisp. No one has a definitive solution to this mystery. The

Sagittarius Time

This is the time of year when Sagittarius reigns supreme. It’s a little low now but getting better each day. Sagittarius is busting with things to look at. Our Milky Way galaxy verily pours out of Sagittarius’s teacup spout as its steam


It’s officially summer on Tuesday, June 21st, at 4:14 AM CDT for those wanting to know. Summer solstice and its counterpart winter solstice in December are seasonal indicators of change. Change in the length of daylight hours/nighttime hours. They and their intermediaries

More Suns, More Fun?

Until the late 1980’s the thought of other stars having planets, much less entire planetary systems, was the stuff of science fiction, not science. Then bang, the first one was found, and a paper published in 1988 by Canadian astronomers Bruce Campbell,