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Among the stars of the night sky lie constellations that derive from real and imaginary people, animals and objects, but rarely can anyone trace the images they represent. Take, for example, the flying steed known as Pegasus. I defy anyone to look … more
Q: I am retired, and somewhat new at bird watching (and not that much better with a computer). I wonder if there is a good Internet source to learn about birds seen in the Green Mountains. — Helen, Vermont visitor more
Washington's birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been.(The story, … more
It was during the early years of the 17th century that the Italian astronomer Galileo turned his new optic tube skyward.Many people believe that Galileo invented the telescope, but this just isn't so. The optical tool most likely came from Holland … more
Q: Your column on last Sunday uses the term "red-bellied" nuthatches. My Peterson guide uses the term "red-breasted." — Joe, RoxanneA: My mistake. I was watching a red-bellied woodpecker at our suet feeder outside my office window as I was … more
If you're looking for a celestial challenge this week, you're in luck. On the night of Friday, Feb. 10, you might want to pay close attention to the full moon as it rises in the east shortly after sunset. If you do, you will be treated to a … more
Over the decades, taste has drained out of supermarket tomatoes. Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, thinks he can put it back in within a couple of years.In this week's issue of the journal Science, … more
Q: We watch the birds at our feeders with much pleasure. Our question is, how and where do birds sleep in this cold weather? We feel sorry for them.— Beverly, EgremontA: There really is no reason to feel sorry for them; winter songbirds are … more
It's hard to believe that anyone can even tell, but actually, this one's not too hard to spot. Its name is Mira, and it's what astronomers know as a long-period variable star.OK, so it's not really a new star. But it is one that we haven't seen for … more
Like gardening? Want to share your skills with your community or family? Master Gardener programs are creating an army of volunteers who contribute hours of stewardship.Specialties run the gamut, although most focus on nutrition. There are Master … more
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