Category Archives: astronomy

Looking Up June 2016

Jupiter, Mars and Saturn are all up in the southern sky right now so I took the telescope and binoculars out for a couple hours last night and in so doing, I got a very unexpected joy. But before I … Continue reading

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The Moon And Mars

On July 5th, 2014 the Moon and Mars presented a great pairing in the night sky and I took this opportunity to get the telescope out and take a look. I have a 10” Newtonian Reflector telescope on a manual … Continue reading

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Kids Ask The Best Questions

When I put my 9 year old son to bed tonight he asked me two very thought provoking questions. Here is the first one: “Are there people on other planets?” I was very happy with this question because that means … Continue reading

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Supernova In M82

The galaxy M82, located in the Ursa Major (UMa) constellation (i.e. The Big Dipper), had a star go supernova a few days ago (designated SN 2014J) and over the coming week or so you will have an opportunity to see … Continue reading

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Hilton Head Island Sunrise

Today was the final morning of our beach vacation and I decided to get up early to watch the sunrise and I was not disappointed! There was a waning crescent moon accompanied by Jupiter that was low in the sky … Continue reading

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Like you’ve never seen before….. Catch the last 20 minutes of the Apollo 11 moon landing with full audio of the air-to-ground and Flight Director loops and the video from the window of the LEM.  The site even has telemetry … Continue reading

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Introducing Planet Kepler-69 C

Using the Kepler Space Telescope, scientists have discovered another planet that orbits a star in just the right location to support life as we know it.  The star, Kepler-69, has two planets and the planet named Kepler-69 C is the … Continue reading

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Comet PanSTARRS Binocular Pictures

I finally had a clear western sky at sunset and drove a mile to an elevated spot that was clear of trees on the western horizon to get some pictures.  I used my Barska 15X60 binoculars (on a tripod) and … Continue reading

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Jupiter Viewing Session

I took advantage of the clear night skies tonight to set up my telescope and let my kids get some good looks at Jupiter and the Moon. Here are some pictures I took of my two kids peering through my … Continue reading

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ISS Viewing Guide

The International Space Station (ISS) is an awe inspiring sight in the night sky and if you’ve never had the opportunity to see it, then this post should help you out. The ISS has been in operation for over 10 … Continue reading

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What Has NASA Found On Mars?

NASA scientists have recently made a discovery that could be incredible. “The exciting results are coming from an instrument in the rover called SAM. “We’re getting data from SAM as we sit here and speak, and the data looks really … Continue reading

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Jupiter Viewing Guide 2012

Over the coming months, the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter, will be in prime time viewing position and you should go outside and brave the cold nights to see this beautiful planet.  Even if you don’t have a … Continue reading

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Star Therapy

When the evils of the world get me down, I take comfort in the fact that this world is not my real home.  I am a Christian and I believe that my Creator, Savior and Protector has a better place … Continue reading

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Venus Transit

          On June 5th the planet Venus will pass directly between Earth and the Sun and we can see the planet’s silhouette on the Sun.  Check out the following site to see what this looked like … Continue reading

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A Paradigm Shift In Space Exploration

  Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently launched their unmanned orbiting vehicle, Dragon, into space and is planning a rendezvous with the International Space Station in less than 24 hours.  If this mission is a success, the picture I have pasted … Continue reading

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The Super Moon and a Super Coincidence

The world was excited last week about the Super Moon in the sky but before we move on to the next celestial excitement, let’s ponder a beautiful coincidence regarding the apparent sizes of the Moon with respect to the Sun … Continue reading

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Our Very Large Universe

Even when we read about our vast cosmos or peer into binoculars/telescopes to glimpse distant nebulae or galaxies, it is still hard to fathom the true size of the Universe. A wide field picture of a small part of our … Continue reading

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My God, It’s Full Of Stars

The title of this post is actually a quote from 2001: A Space Odyssey and comprise Commander Bowman’s final recorded transmission as he approached the massive Monolith located between Jupiter and one of its moons, Io.  The National Aeronautics and … Continue reading

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Looking Up – Spring 2012

As an amateur astronomer, one of my favorite things to do is introduce others to the wonders of the cosmos and I wrote a post explaining why this is a very worthwhile endeavor.  Astronomy is a hobby that can’t be … Continue reading

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Looking Up – Winter 2012

A previous post of mine provided what I hope was a teaser for those contemplating entering the field of amateur astronomy.  Starting in 2012, every few months I’ll provide some suggestions on objects that can be easily seen with either … Continue reading

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