Photo: Saturn at Opposition in 2015

Photo: Saturn at Opposition in 2015

From Gallery: Planet: Saturn

Saturn reached opposition on May 23, 2015. Opposition is the point in Earth's yearly orbit when Saturn arrives on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. This is when we are the closest to Saturn for our year. Additionally, Saturn's rings will brighten si...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 25 May 2015 14:16:25 EDT

Photo: Earth Day at Frosty Drew Observatory

Photo: Earth Day at Frosty Drew Observatory

From Gallery: Milky Way Galaxy

Spring is the best time of year to catch the brilliant Milky Way rising over Frosty Drew Observatory. The early morning times bring stable atmospheric conditions and significantly less light pollution from surrounding communities. Continuing through the su...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 13 May 2015 19:46:58 EDT

Messier 98 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Messier 98 - Spiral Galaxy in Coma Berenices

Reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

This month, we journey to the edge-on spiral Messier 98, located near the westerly border of the Coma-Virgo Galaxy Cluster. M 98 and its neighbor galaxies M 99 and M 100 were discovered by Pierre Mechain on the night of March 15, 1781 and confirmed by Mess...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Mon, 11 May 2015 11:33:28 EDT

May’s Planet Parade

May’s Planet Parade

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

The significant snow cover that blanketed our local region this past winter is now just a bad memory (though it is highly likely some snow piles may still remain). Seagrave and Ladd observatories were closed for months, and even those astronomers who had t...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Fri, 8 May 2015 08:02:30 EDT

Photo: Messier 46 with Planetary Nebula NGC 2438

Photo: Messier 46 with Planetary Nebula NGC 2438

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

Messier 46 is a stunning open star cluster found in the constellation Puppis. Residing at 5,400 light years distant, M46 is near 30 light years in diameter and contains an estimated 500 gravitationally bound stars. The most striking feature of M46 is the p...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:30:06 EDT

Photo: Messier 92 - The Other Globular Cluster in Hercules

Photo: Messier 92 - The Other Globular Cluster in Hercules

From Gallery: Globular Clusters

Messier 92 (M92) is one of the brightest globular clusters visible in the Northern Hemisphere skies, making it barely naked eye visible under an exceptionally dark sky. M92 is found in the constellation Hercules and is often overlooked due to its close pro...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:10:10 EDT