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Image of Antares surrounded in nebulae

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

The Fiery Heart of Antares

A long-ago incident forged a connection with Antares, the topaz-colored star at the heart of the Scorpion.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Why We Look Up: Anticipation

The wait until nightfall can make observing cosmic wonders all the sweeter.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

The Broadest Horizon

Many people travel to broaden their horizons; there's no broader horizon than the cosmos.

Solar eclipse

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Awe in the Shadow of a Partial Eclipse

A partial eclipse — Eclipse Lite, if you will — can also offer a sense of wonder, albeit on a smaller scale than totality.

Peregrine Mission On

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Moonshots: The Successful Failure of Peregrine One

Space is hard, even when you don’t leave the ground.

The Pleiades

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

My Stellar Love Affair with the Pleiades

When we observe the little wonders of the sky, we can form deep personal connections.

The Orion Nebula

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Let Your Astronomy Nerd Flag Fly!

“Space gear” lets us celebrate the night sky while the sun shining — and connect with others who want to do the same.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

To the Stars, Through (or Despite) Hardship

Ad astra per aspera — to the stars through hardship. The saying applies universally, but personally, it might hit home in different ways.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

The Stars Are Waiting

Making room for astronomy in my life has felt like coming home — as if the universe has left a literal light on for me.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Cosmic Recovery

Maybe deliberate experiences of joy and awe should be standard in any post-op plan.

Photo of Delphinus constellation

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Taking Deep Breaths of Starlight

Amateur astronomy need not be a race through an astronomical task list, but rather a kindling of joy.

Cities at night collage

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Let There Be Dark

Fighting light pollution, one mini star party at a time.

Supernova 2023ixf in M101

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Confessions of a Photon Snob: Going Robotic

When visual astronomy isn't possible — or even when it is — robotic telescopes can make way for more stargazing.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Galaxy Quest!

When clouds get in your way, you may find consolation in knowing that the universe is still out there, waiting for your to discover it.

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Cosmic Coregulation

Connection to the night sky can ease stress and give us a feeling of security.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Sucker Holes

When skies are cloudy, sucker holes may offer us a view — albeit often only a brief one — of the universe overhead.

Nova image, not animated

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

On Burnout, the “Green Comet,” and White Dwarf Stars

With care and diligence, amateur astronomy can offer a satisfying reprieve.

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Why We Look Up: Star Stuff

Why do we look up? Because we are a way for the universe to know itself; and perhaps because the universe is a way for us to know ourselves.

Pillars of Creation at infrared wavelengths

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Under Uncooperative Skies

An abundance of astro images can make up (a little) for cloudy skies and other things in life that may keep us from observing.

Why We Look Up with Jennifer Willis

Become a Backyard Cosmic Explorer

No matter how you look up at the sky — with a telescope, binos, or just your eyes — you're a cosmic explorer.

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