Messier 22 – Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

Messier 22  – Globular Cluster in Sagittarius

As reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

On early evenings in September, the constellation Sagittarius arches above the southern horizon, its rich deep-sky treasures accessible to those of us who inhabit mid-northern latitudes. One of the more spectacular of these cosmic splendors is the globular...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:47:08 EDT

Photo: Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques

Photo: Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques

From Gallery: Comets

On Saturday August 23, 2014 we captured this image of Comet C/2014 E2 Jacques. Jacques, discovered on March 13, 2014 by Brazilian astronomers, is a long-period comet with an solar orbital period of 22,000 years. On July 2, 2014 Comet Jacques reached perihe...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:18:13 EDT

Photo: Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula

Photo: Messier 8 - The Lagoon Nebula

From Gallery: Diffuse Nebula

We captured this shot on Saturday August 23, 2014. M8 is an H II region containing an open star cluster. Active star formation is taking place in this emissions nebula. M8 is found in the constellation Sagittarius and is 5200 light years distant. -Scott...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:30:37 EDT

Photo: The August 2014 Supermoon

Photo: The August 2014 Supermoon

From Gallery: The Moon

On Sunday August 10, 2014, the annual supermoon occurred. A supermoon happens when the monthly lunar perigee (the Moon's closest point to Earth in its orbit) happens within 24 hours of the full lunar phase. On August 10th, the closest lunar perigee of the ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:55:09 EDT

CYGNUS: Swan of the Night Sky

CYGNUS: Swan of the Night Sky

As reported by John Weaver's Columns

Dominating the summer sky, Cygnus is one of the largest constellations and one of the most recognizable. Comprised of about nine stars, the pattern of Cygnus follows as a swan in flight. Go outside a few hours after dark and look towards the east. You shou...
  • By: John Weaver
  • On: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:57:48 EDT

Binary Star: Ras Algethi (Alpha Herculis)

Binary Star: Ras Algethi (Alpha Herculis)

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Summer break is here and what a great time to be looking to the sky. July brings warm, late nights with the beautiful wisps of the Milky Way galaxy hanging high overhead. The BBQ is ripping, the beach is hopping, what better way to end a great summer day t...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 4 Jul 2013 17:08:29 EDT