Origin Story

One day, I came home, and Mom was gone and the car was packed and Dad said we were going to the mountains. Mom had suffered a nervous breakdown and Dad wanted to get me out of there. It was in Lake Placid that I first saw an unpolluted night sky. And was transformed.

The Heavens are Merciful

We’ve had a string of clear weather in the Northeast. I haven’t checked the weather reports in detail, but it’s been cold and clear, which usually means an arctic air mass. And it’s been about two weeks straight. After a pretty cloudy winter, the clear, crisp skies coinciding with a New Moon has been a…

Punkastronomy Goes To Kindergarten

Yesterday morning I realized that I was supposed to go into my daughter’s kindergarten class after lunch to teach a lesson on the constellations. I had hoped to lesson plan over the weekend, but I had to scramble while at work and preoccupied with a thousand other things. I brought my macbook, a big screen…