Photo: 78% Waning Gibbous Moon

Photo: 78% Waning Gibbous Moon

From Gallery: The Moon

We captured this stunning view of the 78% waning gibbous Moon at Frosty Drew Observatory on Saturday, November 11, 2016 during our Stargazing Nights event. We had crystal clear skies that night and the Moon looked amazing just hanging in the cold night sky...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:44:50 EST

The Orion Nebula Rings in the Holiday

The Orion Nebula Rings in the Holiday

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

The Holiday Season is descending upon us in full swing snugly-puppy mode, bringing with it warm thoughts of seasonal festivities and cold nights reveling in the winter time starscape. With the frequent lapse in memory that winter actually happens in New En...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:44:14 EST

Photo: Capella - The 7th Brightest Star

Photo: Capella - The 7th Brightest Star

From Gallery: Stars

Capella, found in the constellation Auriga is the seventh brightest star in Earth's sky, the sixth in the night sky. Capella is a bright white star that resides at 42.8 light years distant and is actually made up of 4 stars across 2 star systems that all s...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:22:25 EDT

Darkest Skies in Southern New England

Darkest Skies in Southern New England

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

It's the best kept secret in/of ____________. You've all heard the phrase before. Just fill in the blank. It would be hard to believe there are any secrets in Rhode Island, the smallest state in the Union. But it is true because native Rhode Islanders are ...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 08:50:19 EDT

Proxima b - A Close Earth-like Planet

Proxima b - A Close Earth-like Planet

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Wednesday, August 24th brought the announcement that the Pale Red Dot campaign, using European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes, has in fact discovered a planet in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Named...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:20:09 EDT

The Red Light District…

The Red Light District…

Reported by Tom Abbott's Columns

Is a term I use, when referring to the area surrounding an observatory or any other area where telescopes are in use. This term should in no way be confused with the red lights of bordellos, found throughout the world. Yes both use red lights, but for enti...
  • By: Tom Abbott
  • On: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:33:42 EST