One of the problems you might encounter when observing some nebulae and galaxies is that the light that they’re emitting is spread out over a large area – huge, sometimes. This makes them difficult to find and see. The Triangulum Galaxy, M33, is a perfect example of this. Nowadays, it’s risen about 30 degrees up […]Read more "October 14, 2017: Spotting Diffuse Objects – Galaxies and Nebulae – With Dark Adaptation"
Heh heh, sorry, not sorry for the bad pun. It’s what I do. After looking at the moon and the same old planets for a short while, beginners quickly ask, “What else should I look for?” The answer is the Messier Catalogue. I first came across Messier as a kid when I asked the very […]Read more "September 23, 2017: Who was Messier? Messier than who?"
Late summer is globular cluster season. Almost all of the globular clusters in the Messier Catalogue are visible at this time of year. Well, if the weather cooperates, that is. Which it didn’t out at the Denver Astronomical Society’s dark site last night. Globulars are collections of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even […]Read more "September 16, 2017: Glorious Globs at the Dark Site"
Let me just start out by saying that this ISN’T a post about the recent eclipse. But it’s been inspired by the eclipse. This is a post all about our glorious sun! I’ve become a lecturer at the Public Nights at my astroclub, the Denver Astronomical Society, and gave my first lecture last week. This […]Read more "September 12, 2017: Our Sun"
It’s hard to find words to describe the eclipse. The overused “awesome” barely cuts it, but for once, it is correct – the eclipse truly did inspire awe – and not the “awwww” kind, either. “Glorious” is better; but I think “WOW!” pretty much says it all. It was insane. And as Ron Hranac, the […]Read more "August 23, 2017: The GREAT American Eclipse!"
Inreach? Is that something we shouldn’t be talking about (let alone doing) in front of children? No, it’s outreach directed inwards towards the members of an astroclub. Last night, the Denver Astronomical Society held a terrific inreach event out at our dark site location, 60 miles east of town. Outreach is fun for the general […]Read more "August 13, 2017: Inreach and Perseids"
As you must know by now unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave (say hi to Plato for me!), all of North America will be in the path of a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, just three weeks from now. An approximately 70-mile-wide swath extending clear across the continent, […]Read more "July 29, 2017: My Obligatory Eclipse Post – GET TO TOTALITY!"