First post of the New Year!…. I guess it’s about time since we’re almost into the second month. Let’s get it started off right with a 2-part series featuring the very reasons for this site’s existence. Space Kids! That’s right, Space Daughter and Space Son. Ladies (and elders) first so this post will feature Space […]
Go ahead. Giggle it up! I’ll proceed with the post, bloviate a bit and then explain why it actually shouldn’t be as funny as it is. Well, I take that back. See, to geriatric Millennials such as myself, it will ALWAYS be funny! Who wouldn’t think it hysterical to go to class and learn about […]
Mars is an unexpectedly difficult planet to image. At least for me. This is the best I’ve been able to do to date (11/30/2022). If you’re good at squinting, zoom your eyeballs in on the lower right quadrant of the celestial ball. I’m not trying to brag or anything, but, see that darkish tint? Yep, […]
Well, kids, as the title says it was “almost” a spectacular event. A lunar occultation of a planetary body (say that 5 times really fast to your teacher!). We’re located about 500 miles south of the viewing region. So we couldn’t actually see Mars pass behind the moon, it kind of went to the side […]
Kids, I present my latest (and so far greatest) images of the Orion Nebula, Messier 42. This is what astronomers call a star nursery because it’s literally where baby stars come from. See, when a mommy star and a daddy star love each other very much… In other words, it’s a region of deep space […]
Kids, I just realized I’ve been somewhat neglecting the planet that sent me (us) down this rabbit hole of amateur astronomy…Jupiter. I feel a tad bit guilty for not paying him the proper homage worthy of such a massive planet. How massive, you ask? What a great question, kids (I knew I was doing a […]
I recently threw together this nerdy little video documenting the last total lunar eclipse that we’ll be able to see until 2025. It’s basically a slideshow put to “music” with the addition of a shameless plug. You can also view it on our YouTube channel. Enjoy!
Okay, here I go with the word-play. I am being Sirius, though. No, Siriusly… As I previously mentioned, the astronomical viewing conditions on the night of the total lunar eclipse could not have been much better than they were for our area of the world. Given the fact that the first detectable trace of penumbra […]
So, here it is. The last total lunar eclipse until 2025. I was very fortunate to have had near perfect viewing conditions relative to my part of the world….Daphne, AL. I sure made every effort to capitalize on the clear skies. I was able to stay awake until just before dawn, and I must say […]
The Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula in the mildly northern constellation of Lyra. Such a nebula is formed when a star, during the last stages of its evolution before becoming a white dwarf, expels a vast luminous envelope of ionized gas into the surrounding interstellar space.