Feb 152017

The long, dark clear-skied evenings of winter provide excellent conditions for viewing celestial events and hours for gardeners to daydream about spring planting ideas. It’s also a great time to give your kids ideas for future papers or science projects.

Depending on the hour, Juniper (very early morning) and Venus (after sunset) have been putting on a show. In case you don’t know, it is they are the objects in the nighttime sky that currently are the brightest, other than the moon, of course.

Reminiscing, Nursery owner David Bates recently wrote: “I think  I was eight when I first experienced a solar eclipse chart and realized there would be a total eclipse in 2017.” I realized at that time that I would be 61 when that happened. And now it is here!

To see an animation of how the eclipse will look on Aug 21, 2017 at 1:27pm., click on the link or paste a copy of the link below into your browser


The solar eclipse is not the only reason for casting your eyes towards the heavens this year. Here are a few tantalizing nuggets to keep your interest going:

On February 11, if you get up early enough, you may be able to see a comet go.  The comet 45P will go around the Sun in December. This comet was named 45P after the scientists who first catalogued it..

On March 29th, look toward the westward to see the thin crescent moon which will form a triangle to Mercury. forming a celestial triangle with Mercury  This will be the time to see Mercury at its brightest and highest in our skies. Normally it is hard to see because of the sunlight.

Great American Eclipse

November 13th, at dawn Jupiter will pair up with Venus. You will need to closely look with binoculars, as the sun will quickly drown out the view.

A special thanks to my friend, David Bates from Bates Nursery & Garden Center here in Donelson for this information. Bates is open from 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday all winter. They are located at 3810 Whites Creek Pike in Nashville.