Category Archives: Outdoor Activities



Minnesota Starwatch: January 2018

January starts and ends with full “supermoons”—one on New Year’s Day and one on the 31st.

On New Year’s Day we get the closest full moon of the year. Perfect fullness comes at 8:24 p.m.—just four hours after moonrise and less than five hours after the moon reaches perigee, Continue Reading...



The Penguins of Isla Magdalena

Isla Magdalena is barren, moonlike. No trees or plants, just rocks and dust-colored grass cratered with round holes within which penguins rested, like prairie dogs. Other than the white and red lighthouse, the upright, apelike birds are the tallest things on the island. Only Continue Reading...



Minnesota Starwatch: December 2017

December wastes no time in giving us its best gift: a “supermoon.”

It shines the night of the 2nd to 3rd, with the moment of fullness at 9:47 a.m. on the 3rd. Just 17 hours later—at 2:46 a.m. on the 4th—the moon reaches perigee, its closest approach to Earth in a lunar Continue Reading...