Posted by Rob Pettengill in Astronomy Essentials | Human World|1 month ago
Learn what it would be like to travel to Chile – sometimes called astronomy’s world capital – in this final report from Robert Pettengill with the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program. Thank you for your dispatches, Rob!
Posted by Bruce McClure in Astronomy Essentials | Clusters Nebulae Galaxies|1 month ago
The Andromeda galaxy is the closest big galaxy to our Milky Way. At 2.5 million light-years, it’s the most distant thing you can see with the eye alone. The moon is waning. It’s the right time of year. Time to start looking!
In 2019, the peak mornings for the Perseid meteor shower – around August 11, 12 and 13 – will be troubled by moonlight. Plan to watch for Perseid meteors the weekend of Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11.
You can avoid the moon during the 2019 Perseid meteor shower by watching in the days before the peak, in the hours before dawn. Or … you can embrace the moon. Here’s how to enjoy the Perseids in moonlight.
Posted by Jay Ryan in Astronomy Essentials|1 month ago
Jupiter and Saturn have appeared close on our sky’s dome throughout 2019, but they’re due to get even closer in the coming months. Their conjunction will come on December 21, 2020. Here’s how to watch them.