Christmas Morning

Christmas Morning

As reported by Tom Abbott's Columns

What a strange title for an astronomy article you are probably thinking. Perhaps it’s another opinion about the Star of Bethlehem; was it a comet, supernova, maybe a conjunction of several planets or is the whole event just a myth. Although that would pr...
  • By: Tom Abbott
  • On: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 13:01:20 EST

Happy Winter Solstice 2014

Happy Winter Solstice 2014

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Log

On Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:03 p.m. EST the Winter Solstice will occur, marking the start of the Winter season. The Winter Solstice is the point when Earth's axis is most inclined away from the Sun in the Northern Hemisphere and most inclined tow...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:46:14 EST

Gear Up for the Geminid Meteor Shower

Gear Up for the Geminid Meteor Shower

As reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Next Saturday night (December 13) gear up for a fabulous night of shooting stars and frigid temps as the fabled Geminid Meteor Shower peak is coming to the skies over planet Earth. Producing upwards of 120 meteors per hour under perfect conditions, sky wat...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:22:21 EST

Photo: Herschel 3945 - The Winter Albireo

Photo: Herschel 3945 - The Winter Albireo

From Gallery: Binary & Multi Star Systems

Herschel 3945 is a fabulous double star residing in the constellation Canis Major. Herschel 3945, also known as 145 CMa, is sports beautiful color contrast of deep yellow and blue earning it the common name "Winter Albireo". The primary star in the this do...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:06:40 EST

Photo: NGC 1977 - Running Through Orion

Photo: NGC 1977 - Running Through Orion

From Gallery: Diffuse Nebula

NGC 1977 - The Running Man Nebula is a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. Found at 1,500 light years distant, NGC 1977 is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. I shot this at the Observatory early Saturday morning November 22...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:06:38 EST

NGC 40 - Planetary Nebula in Cepheus

NGC 40 - Planetary Nebula in Cepheus

As reported by Glenn Chaple's Columns

Our November deep-sky target, NGC 40, could be featured any month of the year. Just 17.5 degrees from the North Celestial Pole, it’s circumpolar from mid-northern latitudes. But it’s during mid autumn that NGC 40’s parent constellation Cepheus rides ...
  • By: Glenn Chaple
  • On: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:57:31 EST