Friday Stargazing Journal

Friday Stargazing Journal

As reported by Brian Kelley's Log

I thought tonight's viewing was far better than I expected. When I arrived just before 7:00 PM, clouds were covering much of the sky with the Moon visible and popping in and out of cloud cover. The same was true with the rest of the sky with Jupiter, Comet...
  • By: Brian Kelley
  • On: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:02:05 EST

Asteroid 2004 BL86 - A Close Encounter

Asteroid 2004 BL86 -  A Close Encounter

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday January 26, 2015 a rather large asteroid will cruise past Earth at quite a close distance. So close, that it will mark the closest pass of an asteroid this size for the next 13 years! Though this passing will be super close, doomsayers are in for...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:20:07 EST

Venus in 2015

Venus in 2015

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Have you noticed that super bright star in the Western sky just after sunset which appears to rise a little higher with every passing night? Well that is certainly not a star! It is actually the planet Venus. The brightest natural object in the sky after t...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:07:51 EST

Photo: Comet Q2 Lovejoy and the Pleiades

Photo: Comet Q2 Lovejoy and the Pleiades

From Gallery: Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy, a long period comet with an orbital period of 8,000 years has been putting on quite a show for skywatchers across planet Earth. Lovejoy has moved high in the skies of the Northern Hemisphere as it makes it way towards perihelion, i...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 13:16:01 EST

The Oceans of Enceladus - Life in our own solar system?

The Oceans of Enceladus - Life in our own solar system?

As reported by John Weaver's Columns

Earlier this year I wrote an article describing Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus. Recent findings from the Cassini probe, a car-sized spacecraft orbiting the ringed-planet Saturn...
  • By: John Weaver
  • On: Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:48:00 EST

2014 - A Year For Humanity

2014 - A Year For Humanity

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

As we continue to revel in our holiday frivolities and make last minute preparations for the close of 2014, I start to reflect on the year as a whole. What awesome things have humans accomplished in 2014? What moments will define 2014 once it is passed? An...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 28 Dec 2014 14:53:52 EST