MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

Northern lights photo has star power

SKYWATCHING -- Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church and outdoor photographer, gave us the heads up on Saturday that the weekend was sizing up to be a good opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Indeed, the aurora borealis did put on a dance,...

SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014

Watch for northern lights tonight

SKYWATCHING -- This is a good weekend for sky watching, with increased solar activity coinciding with clear skies. Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church and outdoor photographer, captured the photo above at Sullivan Lake and posted this comment Saturday: The Aurora is active....

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014

Northern lights may put on show in Northwest skies

SKY WATCHING -- The solar activity that put on a light show in the northern skies of the Inland Northwest on Aug. 26 (above) are likely to put on a repeat performance for late night viewers from Seattle through Montana tonight and Saturday. The Aurora...

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Plan a campout for Perseid meteor showers

SKYWATCHING -- Camping high in the mountains away from lights-- perhaps in forest fire lookout rental -- is a peak way to enjoy the free light show in the sky, which will peak this year between Aug. 10 and 13. The annual Perseid meteor shower...


FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

Will you brave a Friday 13th full moon?

SKY WATCHING -- If you can get above the clouds, tonight may be a good night to stroll a mountain ridge without a headlamp in the shadowy light the full moon will be bathing on the landscape. But remember, it's Friday the 13th. A chilling...


Hear sounds under night sky at Steamboat Rock

CAMPING -- In case you've forgotten what it's like to camp out under the stars, Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin reminds us by devoting a sleepless night using his camera and recording night sounds at Steamboat Rock State Park. On a recent night-photography outing I made...


MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

Lunar eclipse good excuse to sleep out tonight

CAMPING -- The "Blood Moon" will treat sky watchers who can stay up past 11 p.m. tonight. The weather forecast indicates the viewing of the lunar eclipse will be good. And if you have a warm sleeping bad, it might be a good night to...

MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

Perseid meteor shower delights area campers

SKY WATCHING -- Other than a bit of lingering haze from the region's wildfires, the weekend provided picture perfect conditions for watching the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. I'm impressed at how many of my Facebook friends were out camping in wild places...

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Photographer specializes in chasing northern lights

SKY WATCHING -- If the city lights and cloudy skies have prevented you from enjoying the recent solor storms generating great shows of Northern Lights, relax, sit back and enjoy this Washington Post story and a gallery of northern lights images by a Montana native...


Be on lookout for northern lights tonight

SKY WATCHING -- A big solar flare -- perhaps the biggest in five years -- combined with a chance for clear skies over much of the region, could offer up a rare chance to see the northern lights in the few hours before dawn on...

TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

Solar storms will turn on northern lights

SKYWATCHING -- Tonight might be prime time, if you can swing it, to go high away from city lights and above the clouds to watch the expected light show in the northern sky. A massive explosion on the sun's surface has triggered the largest solar...

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

Get up early Saturday for “red” lunar eclipse

SKY WATCHING -- Andy Buddngton of the Spokane Community College Science Department recommends that we get an early, glowing start tomorrow. Shortly after 4:30 Saturday morning, we'll be treated to a “red” lunar eclipse. As the NASA science video explains, this is the last one...

THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

Looking up, staying up provided ‘highlight’ to Montana visit

SKYWATCHING -- Let's say this photo illustrates a highlight of my recent visit to the C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge north of my hometown -- Lewistown, Mont: After hunting and wildlife viewing, I sat in the grass until after midnight one night last week snapping...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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