Oct 31

Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse…

In honor of Halloween here’s a pun of a post.  Reminiscent of the 80’s movie “Beetle Juice,” here’s its astronomical namesake, Betelgeuse.  This star is a red supergiant of spectral type M1-2 and one of the largest stars visible to the naked eye.  If Betelgeuse were at the center of our Solar System, its surface […]

Oct 25

ET Phone Home

While poking around the Cassiopeia constellation the other night, I spotted a unique star arrangement. When I connected the dots it looked ET phoning home. Big ole bug eyes and all! Without knowing what it was, or if it was anything special, I took a picture just because it looked cool. While perusing the telescope […]

Oct 23

Globular Cluster (M2)

The night is still young (10:30 pm CDT) and I’m happy to report a couple of new Messier object sightings.  This one is a globular cluster known simply as Messier 2, or M2.  It is located at the northern end of the constellation Aquarius, just below the Great Pegasus Cluster (M15).  It lies approximately 55,000 […]

Oct 22

Pleiades, the Seven Sisters (M45)

This is by no means a “showcase” of talents as I do not profess to be an astrophotographer.  I do, however, claim to be an amateur astronomer who happens to enjoy creating visual documentation of my night sky finds.  I’m also slowly working my way through the Messier Catalog of Deep Space Objects.  Therefore, I […]

Oct 21

Pegasus Cluster (M15)

Also known as, Messier 15, this cluster can be found at the top of Pegasus’ head.  At magnitude 6.6 it’s not as easy to find as the Andromeda Galaxy, but perhaps more rewarding.  At an estimated 12.5±1.3 billion years old, it is one of the oldest known globular clusters!

Oct 21

Mars, the Red Planet

In preparation of its upcoming opposition, I have begun imaging Mars.  Mars’ opposition will occur on December 8, 2022, but it will be closest to Earth on December 1, 2022.  During opposition, Mars will be found in the constellation Taurus.