Bob Berman's strange universe: When do most people watch the sky?
July 2007:On the Fourth of July, the real fireworks in the sky are celestial bodies.
In America, the answer is the Fourth of July. In Canada, it's July 1. Waiting for fireworks to start, crowds of sky-impaired adults stare blankly into the darkening dome, unable to identify the stars and planets that make astronomy such a joy. This year around 9:30 P.M., Venus will capture millions of eyes, as it blazes in the fading twilight at its greatest brilliancy, a dazzling magnitude 4.6, in the western sky. Saturn conspicuously floats alongside, despite being 100 times less bright.