Here are 10 simple tips that can help you connect with the night sky, and have fun.
Posts by Deborah Byrd
Earth is farthest from the sun on July 6. Astronomers call this point in our orbit Earth’s “aphelion.”
In the east, after dark on July evenings, look for the bright star Altair fairly close to the horizon. Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.
Here’s a composite image of Messier 106, known for its strange spiral arms, located 23 million light years away.
Deneb is the northernmost star in the Summer Triangle asterism. Its constellation Cygnus the Swan flies along the starlit trail of the Milky Way.
The Summer Triangle consists of three bright stars in three different constellations. The brightest is Vega in the constellation Lyra.
A new theoretical model focuses on the spiral arms now known to exist around some young stars. The spiral arms may enable rocky planets like Earth to form.
In a dark sky, look for fuzzy object near bright Antares in the constellation Scorpius. This is M4, one of the closest globular star clusters to our solar system.
Ken Christison caught Mercury in the east before dawn this week. He couldn’t see it with the eye that day, but you might see it, if you look. Here’s how.
Sinkholes on Earth happen when a subsurface cavern collapses. On the comet, the caverns may be created by ices turning to gas, as the comet nears the sun.