Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

This morning - Monday, March 20th at 6:28 a.m. EDT, the Ecliptic, which is the path the Sun takes through the sky, will intersect with Earth's celestial equator. This intersection is the Vernal Equinox which will mark the end of winter and the start of the...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:31:46 EDT

Seven Earth-like Planets - 40 Light Years Away

Seven Earth-like Planets - 40 Light Years Away

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Wednesday, February 22nd the discovery of seven Earth-like planets orbiting a red dwarf star that resides 40 light years distant, was announced. Though we frequently hear about Earth-like exoplanet discoveries, this one is the first time we have identif...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:40:31 EST

Photo: Venus Passes Third Quarter

Photo: Venus Passes Third Quarter

From Gallery: Planet: Venus

On February 3, 2017, Venus started to show a fabulous waning crescent phase. Currently situated at the Evening Star, Venus has been blazing the twilight sky for months. Venus continues in its orbit to a position where it will arrive between the Earth and S...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:26:07 EST

Starry Nights of February

Starry Nights of February

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Winter can be a challenge to amateur astronomers in southern New England. The weather can be very snowy, or the temperatures can be so low that even I need some special incentive to venture outdoors to observe. However, if Mother Nature can provide us with...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:13:48 EST

Jupiter Returns for 2017

Jupiter Returns for 2017

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Have you noticed the two bright stars that have been rising around midnight for the past month? If you’ve been watching, you have certainly observed that the top star has been changing its position relative to the bottom star. That’s because the top st...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 16:21:47 EST

Photo: Thor's Helmet - A Wolf-Rayet Star

Photo: Thor's Helmet - A Wolf-Rayet Star

From Gallery: Diffuse Nebula

NGC 2359 - Thor's Helmet is a huge emissions nebula that surrounds a Wolf-Rayet star. Residing at 11,960 light years distant, the nebula spans 30 light years in diameter. Wolf-Rayet stars have extremely hot surface temperatures and display little to no hyd...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:09:36 EST