Photo: August 2015 SuperMoon

Photo: August 2015 SuperMoon

From Gallery: The Moon

The August 2015 Supermoon occurred on Saturday, August 29, 2015. A Supermoon happens when the full lunar phase falls within 24 hours of the monthly lunar perigee, which is the Moon's closest point to Earth in its eccentric orbit. On the 29th, the full phas...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:26:27 EDT

Photo: Delta Cepheus - The Prototype Cepheid Variable

Photo: Delta Cepheus - The Prototype Cepheid Variable

From Gallery: Binary & Multi Star Systems

Delta Cephei is a fabulous binary star that resides at 887 light years distant towards the constellation Cepheus. It is the first Cepheid Variable star to be identified and is the prototype of that classification. Being a Cepheid Variable, it changes in br...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:40:45 EDT

Stargazing and Sudoku

Stargazing and Sudoku

Reported by Tom Abbott's Columns

Finding a star or constellation for that matter, is allot like playing Sudoku. You start with the easier ones first and move on to the more difficult ones as your skill increases. Also like Sudoku, you start with your knowns, before you move on to your alm...
  • By: Tom Abbott
  • On: Fri, 7 Aug 2015 10:36:57 EDT

Photo: Perseid Meteor Shower Radiant Point Explosion

Photo: Perseid Meteor Shower Radiant Point Explosion

From Gallery: Perseid Meteor Shower 2015

August 13-15, 2015 we setup on the Frosty Drew campus to observe and capture the highly anticipated 2015 Perseid Meteor Shower. We tracked the shower radiant point (in Perseus) for three nights and combined every meteor shot we captured into this complete ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 18:43:24 EDT

Perseid Meteor Shower is Set to Dazzle

Perseid Meteor Shower is Set to Dazzle

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On July 17th the much anticipated Perseid Meteor Shower began. Producing many fireball meteors and an overall dazzling display, the Perseid shower is one of the most known meteor showers of the year. Though still out of the peak period, we are seeing a sig...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 5 Aug 2015 09:41:51 EDT

An Encounter with Pluto

An Encounter with Pluto

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

UPDATE: The NASA New Horizons spacecraft successfully performed the Pluto flyby maneuver at 7:50 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14th. During the flyby, New Horizons was in communications black out and phoned home as planned at 8:53 p.m. EDT on the same day, sig...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:56:34 EDT