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Aurora Borealis
The Aurora Borealis, also known commonly as The Northern Lights, are a phenomenon that occur around the Earth's north and south poles. Though occasionally a geomagnetic storm is strong enough to bring the Aurora closer to the mid latitudes. On May 10-1... more
Total Solar Eclipse 2024
On Monday, April 8, 2024, a stunning total solar eclipse occurred from Texas through Maine, bringing fantastic views to everyone along the path aside from Rochester, NY. The Frosty Drew Astronomy Team was set up along the path of totality across the na... more
2023 Solar Eclipse
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse occurred over the Americas. Over Rhode Island, we saw a maximum eclipse of 19.11% partial eclipse. Clouds and rain were with us on that day and we had okay views of the first half of the eclipse thro... more
A collection of photos taken at Frosty Drew Observatory showcasing comets. Comets are not as regular from our northern latitudes as those in the southern hemisphere get to experience.... more
Beaver Moon Eclipse 2022
On Tuesday, November 8, 2022 a fantastic total lunar eclipse came to North America, with the New England area experiencing the first half of the eclipse, due to Moon set and sunrise happening locally during the total eclipse stage. It was crystal clear... more
Flower Moon Eclipse 2022
On Sunday - Monday, May 15-16, 2022 a fantastic total lunar eclipse came to North America, with the New England area falling into the best region for visibility. It was cloudy, and foggy for the entire event over Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Cen... more
When we look up at the night sky, pretty much everything we see with our unaided eyes exists as part of the Milky Way galaxy, the galaxy we reside in. Containing around 200 billion stars, the Milky Way galaxy is not only vast, but rather invisible from... more
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 ... more
Solar Eclipse 2021
On Thursday, June 10, 2021 a spectacular sunrise solar eclipse occurred over New England. The eclipse started at 4:12 am, before sunrise at our location, and became visible with the rising sun at 5:12 am. Maximum eclipse, for our location, occurred at ... more
Photo Prints
A gallery of all astrophotos available for print purchase. All photos are printed on either a metal substrate or acrylic glass. Most are printed at 12x18. Details about each print are available in the description attached to the photo.... more
Diffuse Nebula
Diffuse nebulae are nebulae illuminated by both reflected star light and light from gas ionization in the nebula. This album is a collection of photos taken at Frosty Drew Observatory showcasing various diffuse and reflection nebulae. ... more
Mars - The Red Planet
A collection of photos take at Frosty Drew Observatory that showcase Mars, our other planetarly neighbor.... more
This gallery will feature images captured of Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, which was visible to the unaided eye in July 2020. This was the first clearly visible naked-eye comet in the Northern Hemisphere since Comet C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp in 1997. Images in this ... more
Planet: Venus
Venus is the second planet from the Sun in the Solar System. Being closer to the Sun than Earth, we have to look towards the Sun to catch a view. Consequently, we see Venus in phases. Depending on the side of the Sun that Venus is placed during its orbit ... more
Milky Way Galaxy
Frosty Drew Observatory and Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island (where Frosty Drew Observatory resides) have a remarkably dark sky overhead and the Milky Way galaxy is mesmerizing to look at there on clear, moonless nights.This gallery wi... more
This gallery will feature photos captured at Frosty Drew Observatory showcasing constellations.... more
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 1... more
Wolf Moon Eclipse 2019
On January 20-21, 2019 overnight, a fabulous Total Lunar Eclipse occurred. One of the best eclipses in decades to come to New England, the entire East Coast USA was setup for perfect viewing. The eclipse began at 9:36 pm EST, January 20th and ended at ... more
Comet 46P/Wirtanen
Comet 46P/Wirtanen was the brightest comet of 2018. A short period comet, 46P orbits the Sun once every 5.4 years. In 2018, comet 46P made a fabulously close pass to Earth, the closest of the century! On December 12, 2018, 46P experienced perihelion (c... more
Open Star Clusters
A collection of photographs taken at Frosty Drew Observatory showcasing open star clusters.Open Star Clusters are groupings of a few thousand stars that were all formed from the same molecular cloud. Our galaxy has open clusters scattered everyw... more
Super Blue Lunar Eclipse
During the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 31, 2018 a fabulous total lunar eclipse occurred over the western half of the United States. In New England, we missed the total eclipse stages, though penumbral eclipse as well as a few minutes of p... more
Great American Solar Eclipse
On Monday, August 21, 2017 the Great American Solar Eclipse happened over Frosty Drew Observatory. Though not a total eclipse at our location, we experienced a fabulous 66.5% partial eclipse. The eclipse began at 1:27 p.m. and continued until 4:01 p.m., w... more
Planet: Saturn
This gallery will feature photographs of the planet Saturn taken at Frosty Drew Observatory or by our members and contributors.Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is indistinguishable with it's bright, prominent ring system. ... more
The Moon
This album features images taken of the Moon from Frosty Drew Observatory or images of the Moon taken by Frosty Drew Members.... more
A collection of photographs shot at Frosty Drew Observatory of stars. With so much interest in capturing deep sky objects, stars generally go overlooked in astrophotography. Though many of the bright stars visible in our night sky are quite beautiful and ... more
Perseid Meteor Shower 2016
A collection of photographs we captured of the Perseid Meteor Shower in August 2016 at Frosty Drew Observatory.... more
Binary & Multi Star Systems
Binary stars and multiple star systems are comprised of two or more stars that share a gravitational equilibrium and orbit around that gravitational center. Many of the stars we see when we look to the night sky are actually the combined light of multi... more
Transit of Mercury 2016
The fabulous Transit of Mercury happened on Monday, May 9, 2016. Frosty Drew Observatory was open for the entire event which ran from 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We had clouds for the first few hours, which cleared to beautifully sunny skies. Here are a collect... more
Planet: Jupiter
A collection of photographs taken at Frosty Drew or by Frosty Drew astronomers, enthusiasts, or public submission that showcase the largest planet in our solar system; Jupiter.... more
Globular Clusters
A collection of Globular Cluster photographs taken at Frosty Drew Observatory.A globular cluster is a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core as a satellite. Globular clusters are very tightly bound by gravity, which gives them... more
Meteor Shots
We capture many photographs of meteors at Frosty Drew Observatory. Most of the time we will have a gallery to showcase all shots from a specific meteor shower. This gallery will feature meteor captures that do not fit elsewhere. ... more
Occultation of Venus 2015
On Monday, December 7, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. EST the 14% crescent Moon occulted the 68% gibbous Venus. Though clouds had prevailed most of the day, skies cleared just in time to catch the occultation in the Frosty Drew 16" telescope. Here are the shots. -Sco... more
Harvest Moon Eclipse 2015
The Total Lunar Eclipse of September 27, 2015 was a spectacular event at Frosty Drew Observatory. The eclipse itself happened during the Harvest Moon, which is the full Moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox; as well as the Supermoon, which is the closes... more
Conjunctions happen when planets, stars, the Moon and other celestial objects appear to align from Earth's view point and form familiar shapes. These alignments are not that uncommon and happen quite frequently though out the year. This is a collection of... more
Perseid Meteor Shower 2015
On Thursday, August 13, 2015 the annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaked over Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Continuing for the next three days, the Perseids mesmerized hundreds of sky watchers that descended to the Frosty Drew campu... more
The Sun
This gallery will feature photographs of our nearest star taken by Frosty Drew Observatory or our members and enthusiasts.... more
Novae & Supernovae
Here are a series of photos we have captured at Frosty Drew Observatory showcasing Supernovae.... more
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy
Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy was identified by Terry Lovejoy on August 17, 2014 and is considered a "long period" comet. En route to the Sun, Lovejoy passes Earth on January 7, 2014 at 43,600,000 miles distant. Then on January 30, 2014, Lovejoy achieves per... more
Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy
Comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy was a surprise comet that was identified on September 7, 2013. Lovejoy's identification was buried in the media avalanche caused by the highly anticipated Comet C/2012 S1 ISON. Recently after its identification, Lovejoy became quit... more
A collection of photos of the NASA LADEE launch on September 6, 2013.... more
Perseid Meteor Shower of 2013
The Perseid meteor shower of 2013 is setup to be fantastic. Here are a collection of photos taken at Frosty Drew Observatory of the 2013 Perseids.... more
Planetary Nebulae
This gallery will feature shots of planetary nebulae that have been imaged at Frosty Drew Observatory or by members of our astro-geekary.A planetary nebula, better known as a transitioning white dwarf, is the last stage of a small to medium size... more
2013 Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
This past weekend (April, 4-5) the Eta Aquarid meteor shower took place. Being this meteor shower is a rather small meteor shower for northern sky watchers, we had about an hour of much meteor activity. From 3:00 - 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning the sky lit up ... more
Geminid Meteor Shower
This is a collection of photos captured at Frosty Drew during the annual Geminid Meteor Shower, which occurs overnight December 13-14th. The Geminids are the best regular display of meteor activity per year, and can bring upwards of 120 meteors to the sky... more
2012 Orionid Meteor Shower
On the morning of October 21, 2012 the Orionid meteor shower peaked with a descent display of fast moving, green meteors. Below are photographs of meteors we captured at the Observatory during the meteor shower.-Scott... more
The Transit of Venus 2012
The Transit of Venus 2012 is the last time in our lifetime we will be able to witness this event. As usual the New England skies banned us from having a great view of this last in a lifetime event.At the last 5 minutes before the Sun dropped bel... more