Night Sky Update

Post date: July, 15 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we discuss how to use the bright star Antares to find M19, a globular cluster displaying a very unique ellipsoid shape. M19 is visible using binoculars and small telescopes.

Post date: July, 8 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update -- find Venus and Saturn in the night sky and learn how to spot the globular cluster M107 located near Ophiuchus. M107 has 25 confirmed variable stars and a number of confirmed blue straggler stars!

Post date: July, 2 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, we take a look at Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer -- a constellation that is a little more obscure than most. Although a little tricky to locate, pointing your binoculars and telescopes in its general direction will give you the opportunity to find and observe several globular clusters, including M9!

Post date: June, 25 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, learn how to observe variable stars and get started with a very complex variable star that likes to put on a show!

Post date: June, 17 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update -- learn how to mark the summer solstice with a simple observation and try finding the open start cluser M7, also known as Ptolemy's cluster, in the night Sky! This is a very detailed deep sky object that is great for beginners.

Post date: June, 10 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update, learn how to spot globular star cluster M4 in the sky. Observing M4 can be done with binoculars and it will easily resolve into individual stars through a 4-inch instrument. This is an excellent deep space object for beginning observers!

Post date: June, 3 2013

In this week's Nigh Sky Update -- learn how to spot Jupiter in the sky before it dips out of view, observe Saturn almost all night long and find the red supergiant, Antares, as it starts to rise with the constellation Scorpius. Those with a 6-inch telescope or larger may be able to view Antares companion star which gives off a greenish hue.

Post date: May, 28 2013

In this week's Night Sky Update -- we discuss the four planets visible in the night sky, give you an overview on the rare planetary conjunction taking place and discuss ancient Egyptian views on astronomy in honor of our new summer exhibition, Lost Egypt!

Post date: May, 20 2013

This week's Night Sky Update is jam packed with exciting observations! Ready yourself for the planetary conjuction of Mercury, Venus and Jupiter -- best viewed on May 26th.