Photo: Mars at Opposition in 2016

Photo: Mars at Opposition in 2016

From Gallery: Mars - The Red Planet

Mars and Earth reached the point in their yearly orbits when they align with the Sun on May 22, 2016. We call this opposition, meaning Mars is on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. This happens once every two Earth years for Mars. During opposition i...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 26 May 2016 11:29:47 EDT

Mars Blazes Into Opposition

Mars Blazes Into Opposition

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Have you noticed how bright Mars has been getting with every passing night? That is because Mars is closing in on opposition, which will happen on May 22, 2016, when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit when Mars is on the opposite side of Earth than th...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 20 May 2016 11:16:25 EDT

Photo: Mercury Transits the Sun

Photo: Mercury Transits the Sun

From Gallery: Transit of Mercury 2016

On Monday, May 9, 2016, Mercury reached Inferior Conjunction and visibly passed over the Sun. This is the Transit of Mercury. I captured this shot showcasing Mercury in front of the Sun with sunspot 2542 shining brightly. -Scott...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 11 May 2016 12:02:36 EDT

The Transit of Mercury

The Transit of Mercury

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Save the date! On Monday, May 9, 2016 an amazing event is coming to the skies over New England. Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, will visibly pass in between Earth and the Sun. This is called the transit of Mercury and it will be a sight to see! Of ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:32:16 EDT

April Astronomy Highlights

April Astronomy Highlights

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Though March winds are supposed to bring April showers, I for one am looking forward to milder temperatures and clear skies as the Sun continues its northward journey through our sky, culminating with the Summer Solstice in June. Unfortunately a welcome sh...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:16:45 EDT

Photo: Our First Saturn Image of 2016

Photo: Our First Saturn Image of 2016

From Gallery: Planet: Saturn

Saturn has a 26.7ยบ axial tilt and takes almost 30 Earth-years to complete one orbit around the Sun. This allows us to see Saturn's rings at progressively different tilts over a period of 30 years. Summer Solstice happens on Saturn in 2017, at which point ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:12:36 EDT