ENCELADUS: A World of Ice

ENCELADUS: A World of Ice

As reported by John Weaver's Columns

Enceladus (en-SELL-ah-dus) is one of the many moons of the planet Saturn and by far one of the most interesting objects within our solar system. It features a strikingly pale surface – a thick covering of ice. But scientists are now speculating that ther...
  • By: John Weaver
  • On: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:13:35 EDT

Photo: An Almost-Supermoon

Photo: An Almost-Supermoon

From Gallery: The Moon

Friday night (July 11, 2014) at Frosty Drew Observatory was an excellent night of stargazing under the "super" bright Moon. The monthly lunar perigee and full lunar phase are taking place on July 12th, making this a somewhat Supermoon. We captured this ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:45:55 EDT

Photo: Sexy Saturn

Photo: Sexy Saturn

From Gallery: Planet: Saturn

On June 22, 2014. The atmospheric conditions over Frosty Drew Observatory were fabulous. We took advantage of this excellent New England oddity and shot this photo of Saturn. In this shot, Saturn's moons (from left) Titan, Rhea, Enceladus, Tethys, and D...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:39:21 EDT

The Owl - Planetary Nebula in Ursa Major

The Owl - Planetary Nebula in Ursa Major

As reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

Last month, we paid a visit to the spiral galaxy M108. I promised to feature its neighbor, the planetary nebula M97, this month. Did you take a sneak peek? I don’t blame you. Just 3/4 degree southeast of M108, M97 can be glimpsed in the same low-power fi...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:34:46 EDT

Magnificent Saturn

Magnificent Saturn

As reported by David Huestis's Columns

“One of the first things that persons unaccustomed to astronomical observations ask to see when they have an opportunity to look through a telescope is the planet Saturn. Many telescopic views in the heavens disappoint the beginner, but that of Saturn do...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 09:50:07 EDT

Photo: Solar Photosphere at Frosty Drew

Photo: Solar Photosphere at Frosty Drew

From Gallery: The Sun

This is a shot of the Solar Photosphere we captured on Friday June 6, 2014 during the Solar Viewing portion of the Friday Public Stargazing session. The dark regions in the photo are sunspots which are significantly cooler regions on the photosphere that a...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 15:06:03 EDT