Photo: Barnard's Loop

Photo: Barnard's Loop

From Gallery: Constellations

Barnard's Loop is a large arc of ionized hydrogen that surrounds most of the constellation Orion. It is part of the larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex and is thought to be the remnant of a supernova that occurred in the constellation Orion. In this image...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:17:31 EST

Viewing The International Space Station

Viewing The International Space Station

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Periodically throughout the year, the International Space Station (ISS) becomes visible in the evening sky, offering up stunning opportunities to view bright nightly passes for a few weeks. The ISS orbits planet Earth once every 93 minutes at a 51.6° incl...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 17:15:58 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

Transit of Mercury 2019

Transit of Mercury 2019

From Gallery: Transit of Mercury 2019

On Monday, November 11, 2019 (Veterans Day), a fabulous Transit of Mercury occurred. The event happened in the morning hours, locally starting at 7:39 am and continuing until 1:07 pm. We had clear skies for nearly the entire event, with only the last 15 mi...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 09:29:38 EST

A Transit of Mercury for Veterans Day

A Transit of Mercury for Veterans Day

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Mercury will reach inferior conjunction, which is when Mercury orbits in between Earth and the Sun. Even though this happens about 4 times per year, this particular inferior conjunction is quite special. On that date, Mercury ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:12:03 EDT

October Meteor Showers

October Meteor Showers

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

If recent events during the last few months are any indicator, Chicken Little may have been right. The sky is falling. The sky is falling. Back on July 24 at approximately 2:44 a.m. EDT, a soccer ball-sized meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere above Lake ...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:46:50 EDT