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By Carl Manning
Dec 7, 2017

In Fremont County we all woke up to a dusting of snow on Monday morning. Not much, just a reminder that there will be a winter -- so be ready. As I looked ...

By Carl Manning
Dec 17, 2014

I never knew it was a type of galaxy too I was driving to work the other day and heard a radio story about tadpole galaxies, which I had never known ...

By Carl Manning
Nov 12, 2014

How one famous car company got its name and logo I was reading an article on the debate over how far it is to the Pleiades stars, thinking it might ...


By Carl Manning
Oct 8, 2014

European Space Agency's Rosetta mission is about to try to land on a comet called 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. There have been several fly-bys of comets, but ...

By Carl Manning
Sep 3, 2014

Holy matrix! Do we live in a hologram? What's a hologram? One scientist used the hologram you see on your credit cards to describe the idea. I guess that's ...

By Carl Manning
Aug 6, 2014

But don't be so skeptical that you view anything new as wrong. There was an interesting discussion the other day on the radio about scientific ...


By Carl Manning
Jul 9, 2014

I was talking to a fellow the other day about this monthly column, and he told me enjoyed reading it but that sometimes it gets a little bit too complex. I ...

By Carl Manning
Jun 11, 2014

June is a good month to see one of the most impressive regions of the Milky Way. MS and M13 are two of the brightest "gas globulars" in the night sky, and they ...

By Carl Manning
May 7, 2014

I listen to the radio when I drive. I like NPR, and it usually has some gems of information that I then like to blather about in conversations. Recently there ...


By Carl Manning
Mar 12, 2014

I am glad people like reading this monthly column in The Ranger and that you tell me that you read it. Nice to know. I listen to a lot of public radio and ...

By Carl Manning
Feb 5, 2014

There have been a lot of cloudy nights in the past month, but the stars are still out there, continuing to shine and twinkle. The mysteries of how the universe ...

By Carl Manning
Jan 15, 2014

Make the most of the cold, and look up once in a while It's a new year. We have all taken notice of the change of 2013 to 2014. I don't write as many ...


By Carl Manning
Dec 4, 2013

I got my first cold of the season the day after Thanksgiving, and it was a doozy: sore throat, sinus headache, coughing, sneezing, people saying "go back to ...

By Carl Manning
Nov 6, 2013

The twice yearly resetting of our time pieces has occurred again, and we get a few more minutes of daylight in the early morning and less evening sunlight. The ...

By Carl Manning
Oct 9, 2013

Well how did you like the drizzly, wet, snowy and broken-tree month of September? It certainly was a September to remember. It was also a month that brought ...


By Carl Manning
Sep 6, 2013

I get a lot of people telling me they read this monthly article about stars and that they enjoy it. I started caring for "Northern Rockies Skies" a year ago, ...

By Carl Manning
Aug 14, 2013

Another month has gone by and August is upon us. Last month we did a little camping, watched a full moon rise, and sat around a campfire roasting marshmallows ...

By Carl Manning
Jul 3, 2013

Summer is here. So far, "hot" is the word. Record-breaking heat in the Southwest and raging forest fires in Colorado and Arizona are making in the news. Our ...


By Carl Manning
Jun 5, 2013

June, the midpoint in the of the dance of the Sun and our Earth which this year occurs on June 21. It is our longest day of sunlight and of course our shortest ...

By Carl Manning
May 8, 2013

I just finished a book called the "The Great Divide" by Peter Watson. It delved into the difference between the "old world" and the "new world." A lot of it is ...

By Carl Manning
Mar 6, 2013

I was wondering about how many cloudless nights we average in our area, so I tried to find some information about it. As I was looking, I found this website ...


By Carl Manning
Feb 6, 2013

Taurus is famous for its V-shaped outline of stars featuring an orangish star Aldebaran, the 13th brightest star in the sky. It is not quite so dark ...

By Carl Manning
Jan 9, 2013

It turned cold at the end of December, so you have probably been looking at stars from inside through a window. I don't blame you. It does seem sometimes that ...

By Carl Manning
Dec 12, 2012

Nights have been getting longer, but that will change this month with the winter solstice, when the trend switches until June. December is usually a very cold ...


By Carl Manning
Nov 14, 2012

Daylight Saving Time has ended, so we get a little more morning light, but evening is upon me before I get off work. It is just a little bit shocking that ...

By Carl Manning
Oct 3, 2012

Yes, it is October, the month of those beautiful autumn leaves and cool, crisp mornings. Time for getting ready for winter. October is the month for putting ...

By Carl Manning
Sep 5, 2012

August skies are behind us, and we had a rare "blue moon" on Friday, Aug. 31. One of the several definitions of a blue moon is when there are two full moons in ...


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