Photo: Saturn Returns to Frosty Drew for 2015

Photo: Saturn Returns to Frosty Drew for 2015

From Gallery: Planet: Saturn

With every passing night, Saturn rises a little earlier and is making its way into prime time evening viewing hours. 2015 will be the first of a few exceptional years of Saturn for those looking to capture a glimpse of the unspeakably stunning rings that S...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 18:28:02 EDT

Photo: Messier 5 - An Old Globular Cluster

Photo: Messier 5 - An Old Globular Cluster

From Gallery: Globular Clusters

The Messier 5 (M5) globular star cluster is one of the largest identified globular clusters. Residing in the constellation Serpens (the serpent), M5 lies at 24,500 light years distant, spans near 165 light years in diameter and contains upwards of 500,000 ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:29:55 EDT

NGC 3115 Lenticular Galaxy in Sextans

NGC 3115 Lenticular Galaxy in Sextans

Reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

Some of the finest deep-sky objects are bypassed because they lie in star-poor regions of the sky. Such was the case with our February “Sky Object of the Month,” the planetary nebula NGC 1501 in Camelopardalis. It’s also the situation with NGC 3115 ...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:24:42 EDT

Photo: Messier 38 - The Starfish Cluster

Photo: Messier 38 - The Starfish Cluster

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

The Messier 38 open star cluster resides about 4,200 light years distant towards the constellation Auriga and is about 25 light years in diameter. M38 is frequently viewed at Frosty Drew Observatory. We captured this photo of M38 at Frosty Drew Observatory...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:14:00 EDT

Viewing The International Space Station in 2015

Viewing The International Space Station in 2015

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This past week, the International Space Station (ISS) has returned to our evening skies and will be offering stunning opportunities to view passes through the next few weeks. The ISS orbits planet Earth once every 93 minutes at a 51.6° inclination to Eart...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:15:58 EST

Photo: Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2

Photo: Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2

From Gallery: Novae & Supernovae

Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2 was identified on March 15, 2015 by John Seach, an Australian amateur astronomer. The nova had reached a peak brightness of magnitude 4.3 around March 21st then began to dramatically dim. Recent observations are showing another ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:55:40 EDT