Photo: Comet 46P Approaches the Pleiades

Photo: Comet 46P Approaches the Pleiades

From Gallery: Comet 46P/Wirtanen

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Comet 46P continued to brighten. Already naked eye visible over Frosty Drew Observatory, the comet stood out like a faint diffuse glow in the sky. This is the first night we were able to capture Comet 46P/Wirtanen as it began ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 12:31:53 EST

An Early Holiday Treat for Stargazers

An Early Holiday Treat for Stargazers

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

As the year advances into the month of December, sunrise times occur much later in the morning, while sunset times occur much earlier. Here in southern New England the latest sunrise is around 7:13:09 a.m. on January 2, whereas the earliest sunset is aroun...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 12:42:24 EST

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

With the heart of winter bearing down on New England in full attack mode, stargazing starts to sound a bit relentless and the idea becomes as remote as a sunny day at the beach. Though the cold temperatures and snowy landscape can be a cause for thermal co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 17:00:18 EST

Gear Up for the Geminid Meteor Shower

Gear Up for the Geminid Meteor Shower

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight December 13-14th, 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 watchers ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:22:21 EST

Photo: The Messier 103 Open Star Cluster

Photo: The Messier 103 Open Star Cluster

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

Messier 103, which is found in the constellation Cassiopeia, is a small open cluster. It is comprised of 172 confirmed stellar components and resides at a distance of 9,000 light years distant. The cluster's age is about 25 million years old. Most of the b...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 10:45:42 EST

Weekly Happenings - October 26, 2018

Weekly Happenings - October 26, 2018

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Weekly Happenings is a weekly digest of current events and happenings in astronomy and science, either local or worldwide. This is the place to grab a quick astro-fix to settle your anxiety about space or perhaps to woo your friends with your astro-prowess...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:19:00 EDT