Sirius. Photo by David Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: Which is the brightest of them all?

David Baumgartner writes about his first computer and how he came up with his version of the top 20 brightest stars.

Dipper Constellation. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: circumpolar constellations

David Baumgartner writes about routes of constellations and how we can use them to navigate.

Moon walk on the De Anza Trail. Photo courtesy of David Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: 2024 total solar eclipse

David Baumgartner writes about his plan to go to Texas in 2024.

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Searching the Sky: What is Spring Equinox?

David Baumgartner writes about the sky's ecliptic line, which is the path that the planets and sun follow.

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Searching the Sky: The weather gods win again

David Baumgartner writes about his first attempt for the Messier Marathon and how we can see the meteor shower later this month.

The Pleiades. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: The Pleiades

David Baumgartner writes on how to find the Seven Sisters.

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Searching the sky: The Messier marathon

David Baumgartner writes about a 10-hour marathon that takes place each year in early spring.

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Searching the sky: Orion the Great Hunter

David Baumgartner writes that now it's the time to start learning about constellations.

Dave Baumgartner set out in South County for outstanding night sky visibility. Photo provided by Dave Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: Enjoying the night skies together

Baumgartner gets lost in space with his story of time spent in Greenland then returns to earth in time to see Andromeda with his astronomy buddies.

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Constellation of the month: Cetus and its Variable Star

A variable star is, quite simply, a star that changes brightness.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: Is anyone out there?

Baumgartner typically sets his own topics in his Searching the Sky series, but in this case, this subject was a special new year request made by BenitoLink Executive Director, Leslie David

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Constellation of the Month: the Christmas tree

David Baumgartner writes that many stars—and some imagination—can be used for locating a bright holiday light.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

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Searching the Sky: Just two obstacles between me and space travel

David Baumgartner writes about a lifelong dream.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

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Constellation of the month: The River Eridanus

David Baumgartner writes about a long winding line of mostly faint stars.

The Swan Nebula. Photo by David Baumgartner.

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Searching the Sky: Planets not bashful at all this month

David Baumgartner writes that Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus are viewable this month.