The end of the year is always a good time to examine the events of the year. With 2015 coming to a close, I thought I would share some of my thoughts on my experiences in astronomy over the past 12 months. I began my astronomical year viewing Jupiter and its moons, Saturn with its […]Read more "…Thoughts"
As each season passes, the stars in the night sky change as well. The long, cold nights of winter are a great opportunity for some skywatching. Naked eye skywatchers are treated to several prominent constellations, while those using binoculars and telescopes are able to see a multitude of deep space objects. So, as we enter […]Read more "Winter Constellations"
Spotting the other worlds contained within our solar system can be a fairly easy task. The 5 inner planets are fairly bright and are usually unmistakable. Saturn can prove to be slightly tricky, as it is sometimes only as bright as the stars that surround it. Mars is plainly red, Venus is extremely bright, and […]Read more "Finding the Outer Planets"
Amongst the coolest and most unpredictable objects to spot in the night sky are comets. Comets come from the outer solar system, and make their trek around the sun. Sometimes, they get spectacularly bright, other times they remain dim. They can make the trip unhindered, or they can break apart as they pass near the […]Read more "Spotting Comets"
As we move into the winter months, there are different deep space objects that become visible for stargazers. The constellation of Leo the Lion presents a great opportunity to find some galaxies. Finding Leo is key to spotting these interesting “faint fuzzies”, and we’ll take a look at 6 of these galaxies that can be […]Read more "The Lion and His Galaxies"