Proxima b - A Close Earth-like Planet

Proxima b - A Close Earth-like Planet

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Wednesday, August 24th brought the announcement that the Pale Red Dot campaign, using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes, has in fact discovered a planet in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Named...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:20:09 EDT

The Red Light District…

The Red Light District…

Reported by Tom Abbott's Columns

Is a term I use, when referring to the area surrounding an observatory or any other area where telescopes are in use. This term should in no way be confused with the red lights of bordellos, found throughout the world. Yes both use red lights, but for enti...
  • By: Tom Abbott
  • On: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:33:42 EST

Photo: Perseid Meteors and Clouds - Night 1

Photo: Perseid Meteors and Clouds - Night 1

From Gallery: Perseid Meteor Shower 2016

Here is a shot we captured of four Perseid meteors radiating from the constellation Perseus among passing clouds. It was quite a battle dealing with clouds, fog, heavy haze, t-storms, and massive amounts of humidity. Though we were able to view hundreds of...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:02:12 EDT

Photo: Along the Sagittarius Star Cloud

Photo: Along the Sagittarius Star Cloud

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

This little cluster is NGC 6603 and resides along the fabulous Sagittarius Star Cloud (Messier 24). The Star Cloud spans over 600 light years in diameter and is a concentration of stars along the Carina-Sagittarius arm of the Milky Way. NGC 6603 lays 9,400...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 12:31:06 EDT

2016 Perseids are Ready to Rock

2016 Perseids are Ready to Rock

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Remember that amazing meteor shower that happens in August? That is the Perseid Meteor Shower and it started on July 17th, making now the time to plan where you will be for the August 12-13th shower peak. Meteor activity will continue to increase as we clo...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:29:08 EDT

Juno - A New Satellite of Jupiter

Juno - A New Satellite of Jupiter

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On the night of July 4, 2016, the NASA Juno spacecraft will fire its main engine, inserting itself into a polar orbit around Jupiter. Tasked with an impressive checklist of science awesomeness, Juno will attempt to reveal the origins and evolution of the m...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 30 Jun 2016 09:54:35 EDT