What's Up in the Night Sky?

What's Up? (Ron's Historical Page)

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Hello Star Gazers, Astronomers and other Astro-friends! Welcome to "What's Up in the Night Sky!", the astronomical almanac, brought to you by Astra's Star Gate.This almanac is based on the original creation of Ron Leeseberg, who wrote the monthly astronomy almanac written called "What's Up. Just like the original, this page favors astronomers in North America, eastern seaboard. Most of the information contained here can be extrapolated for observers in other areas. There will be some helps us in the articles by some conversion factors that will be supplied in various articles. This page also contains links to Ron's Astronomy 101. Lessons for Beginners that Ron has written to help the people who received his monthly almanac. Topics are listed at the bottom of this page. More topics will be added from the past issues that Ron has given us.

Here's a picture of the Stargeezer, himself, helping some neighbor friends obtain a view of the sun. In this image, Ron is attaching a solar filter to the 4" refractor he keeps in Florida. The small golden refractor piggybacked to the white instrument is a 40 mm hydrogen alpha telescope. With this combination, both the photosphere("white light" showing sunspots on the sun's "surface") and the chromosphere ("red light" showing prominences, etc., in the sun's"atmosphere") are visible. Ron uses this combination at Give Kids The World where he's the "Avenue Astronomer" during the winter and spring.

This picture was taken during an "Astronomy Day" program at Ron's winter home in Good Samaritan Village of Kissimmee, Florida.

Ron has been interested in astronomy since he was able to look at the pictures found in the 1939 edition of his parents "Child Craft" book set. Ron taught an aerospace class during his working years as a high school teacher and an adult education class in astronomy after his retirement. Ron currently presents various astronomy programs both in Ohio where he has a "roll-roof" observatory, and in Florida where he and his wife, Nan, spend the winter. His specialty is solar observation both in "white" and hydrogen alpha "red" light.

Health issues have caused Ron to give up writing the almanac, but nothing can stop him from watching the night sky!

Ron set the stage for the format of What's Up? in the Night Sky? Those features are outlined below. A summary of the monthly night sky, a daily calendar of events each month and a feature object.

Monthly Night Sky

A short summary of what to look for during the month, including a planetary roundup.

Calendar of Events

Events for each day of the month with a noteable astronomical event.

Lunar Almanac

What is the day of the lunar phases for each month and what's good to observer.

Topic of the month:

A featured object or item was usually illustrated. If Ron didn't supply an image for the web, Astra found something. We also asked amateurs who published images for permission to use theirs.

Installments of "Whats Up?" from July 2006 to December 2011 were written by Ronald A. Leeseberg, and encoded by Dawn Jenkins for Astra's Stargate.

View Ron Leeseburg's Farewell Issue