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Celebration of Space - December 3, 2021

Celebration of Space - December 3, 2021

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Every year, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) completes a photographic set of the outer Solar System planets, called the Hubble Grand Tour. The planets that HST will photograph are Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. The point of the Grand Tour photo set ...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 3 Dec 2021 12:56:05 EST

Celebration of Space - November 26, 2021

Celebration of Space - November 26, 2021

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight tonight (Friday, November 26, 2021) the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter spacecraft will make a super close fly-by of Earth. In doing so, the Solar Orbiter will perform a gravity assist maneuver to modify its orbit to direct it towar...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 13:36:55 EST

Celebration of Space - November 19, 2021

Celebration of Space - November 19, 2021

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Now that the new PlaneWave CDK600 24 inch telescope is operational, we are ready to point it to the sky and see what the cosmos has to offer. Over the remainder of November and the first half of December, we will be hosting our First Light Celebration, whi...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 19 Nov 2021 13:48:02 EST

Celebration of Space - November 12, 2021

Celebration of Space - November 12, 2021

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Last week we wrote about Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard, and the prospects for it to become naked-eye visible in the early morning sky. Well comet Leonard continues to increase in brightness, and will likely become easily visible in binoculars and small telescope...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 12 Nov 2021 13:28:27 EST

Frosty Drew PlaneWave CDK600

Frosty Drew PlaneWave CDK600

From Gallery: Frosty Drew PlaneWave CDK600

This is a running collection of photographs of the new Frosty Drew Observatory telescope, a PlaneWave CDK600 24 inch telescope. This telescope was installed on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and is the result of years of planning, writing, developing, and engi...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 12:39:09 EDT

Celebration of Space - November 5, 2021

Celebration of Space - November 5, 2021

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight last night, the annual Southern Taurid Meteor Shower peaked, bringing with it a meager increase of 5 meteors per hour in regular meteor activity. But it’s not the peak rates that make the Taurid meteor showers awesome, it’s the fireball meteo...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 13:52:08 EDT