Photo: Venus, Mars, and the 4% crescent Moon in Conjunction

Photo: Venus, Mars, and the 4% crescent Moon in Conjunction

From Gallery: Conjunctions

During the later half of February 2015, Venus and Mars had begun their celestial dance in the Western skies during the twilight hours. Venus has been rising a little higher off the Western horizon every night as we move into the warmer seasons and Mars is ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:44:29 EST

Photo: Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

Photo: Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

From Gallery: Constellations

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex is a visibly large group of bright nebulae, dark nebula, and young stars located across much of the constellation Orion. Residing at about 1,600 light years distant, the Orion Molecular Cloud is hundreds of light years in ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:33:54 EST

Ceres is About to Get A Lot Bigger

Ceres is About to Get A Lot Bigger

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On January 25, 2015 an awesomely mind blowing image was captured. The NASA DAWN mission, en route to dwarf planet Ceres, captured the highest resolution photo of the dwarf planet since the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) captured a view in 2004. Many of us ha...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:06:58 EST

NGC 1501: Planetary Nebula in Camelopardalis

NGC 1501: Planetary Nebula in Camelopardalis

As reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

While Go-to technology has gained popularity with backyard astronomers who like to key their telescopes on a sky object with the push of a button, I prefer the no-frills star-hop mode of cosmic travel. Star-hopping lets me see enjoy celestial scenery I’d...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Wed, 11 Feb 2015 14:23:21 EST

Photo: Jupiter at Opposition

Photo: Jupiter at Opposition

From Gallery: Planet: Jupiter

Jupiter reached opposition on Friday February 6. 2015 at which point it was on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. Around opposition is the best time to observe Jupiter. This is because Jupiter is at its closest point to Earth in out yearly orbit arou...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:30:00 EST

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

With the heart of winter bearing down on New England in full attack mode, stargazing starts to sound a bit relentless and the idea becomes as remote as a sunny day at the beach. Though the cold temperatures and snowy landscape can be a cause for thermal co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:00:18 EST