Create a Night Sky Diorama Diorama by Kathleen Horner In this AstroCrafts project you will learn how to build a diorama (outdoor scene) depicting the beauty of the rich, dark night sky when low level outdoor lighting is utilized. With Earth Day on April 22 and Astronomers Without Borders' Global Awareness Month coinciding in the month of April, the AstroCrafts hands on experience will be a perfect fit in teaching the participants about the harmful effects of light pollution and what we can do to bring about awareness and change for our planet and ourselves. I strongly recommend that you...

Digital Photography Art Design by Kathleen Horner © 2012 "Stonehenge Dawn"   Northern Hemisphere Winter "The Shortest Day" “And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
 And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world 
Came people singing, dancing,
 To drive the dark away.
 They lighted candles in the winter trees;
 They hung their homes with evergreen;
 They burned beseeching fires all night long
 To keep the year alive.
 And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake 
They shouted, revelling. 
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
 Echoing behind us - listen!
 All the long echoes,...

Photo by Kathleen Horner Our Solar System To be or not to be, that is the question concerning the number of planets in our Solar System. Pluto has taken a beating over the years as it was once considered a planet until the International Astronomical Union came up with a new classification of what defines a 'planet'. The IAU in 2006 re-classified Pluto as a dwarf planet and now today among much controversy has been voted back into planet status by an unofficial vote just recently. But that doesn't mean everyone agrees on this decision and its just a vote...

Handmade 3D clay sculpture of comet 67P on a sheet of black paper After a 10 year journey, Europe's Rosetta space probe has reached it destination to Comet 67P in deep space. It was discovered by two Ukranians, Klim Ivanovych Churyumov and Svetlana Ivanovna Gerasimenko. In November this year plans are to drop a lander onto the surface of the comet. The probe and lander are named after two ancient Egyptian inscribed stones, Rosetta (Probe) and Philae (Lander). Intense study of the comet utilizing the efforts of the Rosetta mission will yield further information on our understanding of the creation...

"Comets giveth, and comets taketh away." Carl Sagan Glow-in-the-Dark Flying Comet It was 1997 when I first caught sight of the Hale-Bopp comet. This historic moment was my very first view of a comet. It was appropriately named "The Great Comet of 1997" due to its exceptional brightness and naked eye visibility. Appearing perpetually suspended in the night sky, its glowing coma and silvery white tail seemed to spread out over the eons of space and time to my unbelieving eyes. This ubiquitous beauty made an appearance everywhere around the globe in 1997-1998. It was the best show on Earth....