Photo: Grazing Occultation of Aldebaran

Photo: Grazing Occultation of Aldebaran

From Gallery: The Moon

On March 4, 2017 the Moon passed in front of the Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus, when viewed from specific locations across the U.S. The "graze line" is a very small geographic area of visibility where the Moon will pass along the edge of Aldebara...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:12:20 EDT

Photo: Messier 41 - An Open Star Cluster

Photo: Messier 41 - An Open Star Cluster

From Gallery: Open Star Clusters

Messier 41 (M41) is an open cluster that is found about 4º below the super bright star, Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major. Residing at 2,300 light years distant, M41 is comprised of nearly 100 stars and is about 190 million years old. The cluster c...
  • By: Scott MacNeill
  • On: Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:57:37 EDT

Viewing The International Space Station

Viewing The International Space Station

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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

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