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Dan Caton at the DSO 32-inch telescope

Basic Information

Dates of phases of the moon

Telescope recommendations

Up in the Air is a column written by Dr. Dan Caton, and published monthly, on the third Monday (moving to the second Monday in May), in the SciTech section of the Charlotte Observer (and the Raleigh News and Observer), and gives information on interesting phenomena seen in the sky.

This web site is in support of that column, and will provide additional links and information about the topic discussed this month.

Further information on this month's column as published online 4/18-19 and in print 4/20:

Information on the new cycles in the Sun is found here.

The current solar cycle can be seen here.

The historical, record solar flare is described here.

More info on the Maunder Minimum is found here.

Info on the connection betewen the ultraviolet Sun and our climate is found here.

I have provided below a map of the April sky for about 9 pm (the Moon is not shown since its position changes nightly).

You may email the author at catondb@appstate.edu

April sky