Night Sky Update

Post date: December, 23 2013

The star we will explore for the week of December 23 is Lalande 21185.  This is the 5th nearest star to the Sun and is our first Red Dwarf star we will talk about this month.  Red dwarf stars are of particular interest for many reasons.  One being they are the most abundant type of star in our galaxy.  In the Sun’s vicinity 20 of the 30 nearest stars are red dwarfs.  Also of interest...

Post date: December, 16 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a closer look at 61 Cygni -- the 16th closest star to the Sun. 61 Cygni is a binary star system. It takes 659 years to orbit each other. Read more...

Post date: December, 11 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we focus on a star of interest in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence program. Epsilon Eridani is a K2-Class orange star that is roughly 5,000 K, making it just a bit cooler than the sun. Read on to learn how to use Orion as your guide for finding Epsilon Eridani in the sky.

Post date: December, 2 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we focus on observing some of the closest stars to the Sun. First up are Sirius and Procyon. Also, don't miss our update on the death of the comet ISON. Link to an animated gif of it's demise included!

Post date: November, 27 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we explain how you can see 4 planets without the help of a telescope and we highlight M73. Once thought to be a star cluster, M73 is really a four star asterism. Read more...

 

Post date: November, 19 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we explain how to find Neptune throughout the rest of the year and give you an update on the four comets visible after dark.

Post date: November, 11 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, learn how to find the globular cluster M2 near the constellation Aquarius and stay up-to-date on all of the comets visible this winter! Have you noticed Venus shining brightly in the sky?

Post date: November, 4 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update -- we introduce you to the constellation, Aquarius the Water Bearer. Learn how to spot this faint constellation in the sky and use its location to find the Helix nebula.

Post date: October, 21 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a closer look at a multiple star system that is ideal fro even light polluted skies! Separated by 8 seconds of arc, Xi Cephei is easy to split using only 60x magnification with most telescopes. Can you distinguish the colors of each star?

Post date: October, 14 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, learn how to use the Big Dipper to locate the open star cluster NGC 188. Continue reading to learn why this open star cluster is extremely old compared to the majority of open star clusters.

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