Photo: Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2

Photo: Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2

From Gallery: Novae & Supernovae

Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2 was identified on March 15, 2015 by John Seach, an Australian amateur astronomer. The nova had reached a peak brightness of magnitude 4.3 around March 21st then began to dramatically dim. Recent observations are showing another ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:55:40 EDT

Photo: Venus in Conjunction

Photo: Venus in Conjunction

From Gallery: Conjunctions

This past month, Venus and the Moon have been repeating their stunning celestial dance for us in the western twilight skies. On Sunday March 22, 2015 the twilight starscape at Frosty Drew was mesmerizing and setup for awesome views of Venus and the 10% cre...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:22:22 EDT

Photo: Jupiter and the Great Red Spot

Photo: Jupiter and the Great Red Spot

From Gallery: Planet: Jupiter

Jupiter has been showing off its beautiful self this past winter and views at Frosty Drew Observatory have been stunning. Jupiter reached opposition on February 6th, which is when Jupiter is on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. The top dog of all So...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:57:31 EDT

Geek Alert - Today is Pi Day!

Geek Alert - Today is Pi Day!

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Geek alert! Today (March 14, 2015) is Pi (𝜋) Day! When formatting the date, on this day, with a single digit month and day, and a 2 digit year (not Y2K compliant) separated by decimal points, you get: 3.14.15, which is the first 5 digits of Pi (3.1415)....
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:16:46 EDT

Dwarf Planet Ceres Has A New Satellite

Dwarf Planet Ceres Has A New Satellite

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

At 7:39 a.m. EST Friday March 6, 2015, the NASA Dawn spacecraft; which has been navigating the Asteroid Belt for the past 3.5 years, successfully acquired orbit around the closest dwarf planet to Earth, Ceres. Like the common story goes, the Dawn mission i...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:09:04 EDT

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