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The Event Horizon of a Black Hole

Entry Date: Apr 15, 2019

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) announced that they had captured the first image of the shadow that is created by the event horizon of a black hole. Essentially a photograph of a black hole that shows more than just the ... more
Viewing The International Space Station

Entry Date: Jan 20, 2019

Published Under: 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° ... more
Gear Up for A Total Lunar Eclipse

Entry Date: Jan 12, 2019

Published Under: Scott MacNeill's Columns

Overnight Sunday, January 20 – Monday, January 21, 2019, a fabulous Total Lunar Eclipse is happening over North and South America. In Southern New England, we will have a perfect view of the event, with maximum eclipse happening almost due south! Thi... more
Dressing for All-Night Winter Stargazing

Entry Date: Dec 7, 2018

Published Under: 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 therma... more