One of the favorite planets for astronomers (and people in general) to view is Saturn, the large planet with rings. Seeing Saturn in a telescope on a clear night is unforgettable, particularly when you can spot details in the rings, the dark cloud bands currently crossing the planet, and up to 5 or more of […]Read more "Saturn At Opposition"
Mars has always been a fascinating sight throughout history. In renaissance times, it was believed that Mars had oceans and canals. It has been the focus of many a science fiction novel, such as War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells. As of late, Mars has been the destination of many scientific probes and rovers, and […]Read more "Mars at Opposition"
I’ve had an interest in space for most of my life. Ever since I saw the images Voyager 2 sent back of Uranus in 1986, I’ve been obessed with the cosmos. I read every book, looked at every magazine, and watched every show that I came across that dealt with space and space-related things. But […]Read more "Favorite Deep Sky Objects"
As summer approaches, a different set of constellations make an appearance in the night sky. One of the most recognizable of these is Sagittarius the Archer. Sagittarius is a very interesting constellation as the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way, lies nearby. When you look at Sagittarius, you’re actually looking inward towards the center […]Read more "Globular Clusters of Sagittarius"
It can be mind-boggling for new astronomers to find a spot in the night sky to begin their viewing quest. With so many different types of deep sky objects to chose from, it’s not hard to see why. Fortunately, there are constellations which contain a variety of objects to spot. A good example of such […]Read more "Sights of Scutum"
Hanging low in the southern sky from early spring until autumn is the constellation Scorpius, the scorpion. Scorpius is reasonably large, and has several features for you to aim your telescope at. As it lies along the path of the ecliptic, you may even get lucky and spot a planet or two, such as Mars […]Read more "Star Clusters of the Scorpion"
Finding the planets in the night sky can be a fun task. Even with the naked eye, five of the planets can be spotted with relative ease. However, the trickiest of the naked eye planets to spot is Mercury, the closest world to the Sun. Whereas Venus and Jupiter are unmistakably bright and Mars has […]Read more "Finding Mercury"