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

Photo: The Garnet Star

Photo: The Garnet Star

From Gallery: Stars

The Garnet Star is a red supergiant star found in the constellation Cepheus. Residing at 6,000 light years distant, the Garnet Star has about 19.2 solar masses (1 solar mass = Sun) and shines about 100,000 times brighter than the Sun. This star is huge, co...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:25:53 EST

Astronomical Highlights of 2017

Astronomical Highlights of 2017

Reported by David Huestis's Columns

Ever since I became interested in astronomy in the early 1970s I was aware of a total solar eclipse that would cross the United States diagonally from Oregon to South Carolina. Well, as of January 1 that spectacular event will be a mere 233 days away on Au...
  • By: David Huestis
  • On: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 13:05:06 EST

A Comet for the New Year

A Comet for the New Year

Reported by Scott MacNeill's Columns

Have you heard the recent buzz about the “New Year’s Eve Comet” in the media? Maybe a friend or family member told you about a blazing bright comet that will light up the sky beside the Moon on New Year’s Eve? Well the comet is Comet 45P/Honda-Mrko...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:31:14 EST