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: Orion the Great Hunter

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

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

David Baumgartner writes about a lifelong dream.

John Robrock and Mary Margaret Lanning. Photo by Robert Eliason.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: For seniors, activity is key to preventing falls

Regular exercise can improve reaction time and coordination, build muscles, strengthen bones and increase brain function.

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.

Commentary

COMMENTARY: Taking Advantage of Winter Rain

Shawn Novack writes that although we've received some rain, California will need 140% of its normal rainfall amounts to fill-up groundwater basins and reservoirs.

Constellation Cygnus. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

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Constellation of the month: The Great Swan in the sky

David Bumgartner writes about his personal connection with the constellation Cygnus.

An adult male mountain lion can have a home range greater than 100 square miles. Photo courtesy of Mountain Lion Foundation.

Environment / Nature

Mountain lions among us

There are several signs a mountain lion is close by.

Benitoite. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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How San Benito County became ground zero for a rare gemstone

A chance discovery in 1907 yielded a unique precious mineral; now the public can go look for samples on Saturdays.

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Constellation of the Month: A Maiden in the Sky

David Baumgartner writes about Virgo.

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Searching the sky: The moon is submerged by a shadow

David Baumgartner writes about the lunar eclipse happening this month.

Pinnacles National Park has over 400 species of bees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Environment / Nature

Earth Day at Pinnacles

Over 65% of the national park is federal wilderness.