Photo: Saturn One Year from Solstice

Photo: Saturn One Year from Solstice

From Gallery: Planet: Saturn

After months of poor atmospheric conditions over New England, atmosphere stabilized nicely for about 2 hours on Saturday, June 19, 2016 allowing for this killer shot of Saturn. We attempt a shot of Saturn every year around opposition, which happened on Jun...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:32:00 EDT

Photo: Nu Draconis

Photo: Nu Draconis

From Gallery: Binary & Multi Star Systems

Nu Draconis is a fabulous binary star system in the constellation Draco. Residing at 99 light years distant, both stars share a distance from each other of 1,900 AU (1 AU is the distance of Earth from the Sun) and have an orbital period of 44,000 years. I ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 10 Jun 2016 09:45:39 EDT

Photo: The Wild Duck Cluster

Photo: The Wild Duck Cluster

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

On June 1, 2016 the skies over Frosty Drew Observatory cleared, leaving fabulously dark skies available to our cameras! I snapped this shot of Messier 11 - The Wild Duck Cluster which is a rather dense open star cluster found in the constellation Scutum an...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 10:39:13 EDT

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

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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