Event: Stargazing Nights

Event: Stargazing Nights

Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory Events

When: Friday January 20, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory Stargazing Nights! Tonight we will open the Sky Theatre and Observatory at 6:00 with views of the cosmos. Read about it....
  • By: Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory Events
  • On: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:37:17 EST

Photo: The Garnet Star

Photo: The Garnet Star

From Gallery: Stars

The Garnet Star is a red supergiant star found in the constellation Cepheus. Residing at 6,000 light years distant, the Garnet Star has about 19.2 solar masses (1 solar mass = Sun) and shines about 100,000 times brighter than the Sun. This star is huge, co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:25:53 EST

Astronomical Highlights of 2017

Astronomical Highlights of 2017

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Ever since I became interested in astronomy in the early 1970s I was aware of a total solar eclipse that would cross the United States diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina. Well, as of January 1 that spectacular event will be a mere 233 days away on Au...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:05:06 EST

A Comet for the New Year

A Comet for the New Year

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Have you heard the recent buzz about the “New Year’s Eve Comet” in the media? Maybe a friend or family member told you about a blazing bright comet that will light up the sky beside the Moon on New Year’s Eve? Well the comet is Comet 45P/Honda-Mrko...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:31:14 EST

Happy Winter Solstice 2016

Happy Winter Solstice 2016

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 a.m. EST the Winter Solstice will occur, marking the start of the Winter season. The Winter Solstice is the point when Earth's axis is most inclined away from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and most inclined ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:42:51 EST

Photo: The Flame of Orion

Photo: The Flame of Orion

From Gallery: Diffuse Nebula

NGC 2024 - The Flame Nebula is a stunning molecular hydrogen nebula in the constellation Orion found beside the bright left star in Orion's Belt, Alnitak. Residing at around 1.350 light years distant, the nebula contains a cluster of young stars. Intense u...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:11:42 EST