Category Archives: Astronomy (Learning)

Galactic Sunflower

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Located 27 million light years away in the constellation of Canes Venatici (the hunting dogs) is this beautiful spiral galaxy cataloged as Messier 63, the “Sunflower Galaxy.” In this close up view of the … Continue reading

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A Spirit in Perpetual Night

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Acknowledgement: J. Hughes (Rutgers University). Located roughly 150,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) in the constellation Dorado, a spirit wanders in perpetual night, only observing stars … Continue reading

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The Glow from Afar

Image credit & copyright: European Southern Observatory (ESO). Roughly 65 million light years is the 130,000 light year diameter spiral galaxy cataloged as NGC 1398. As is usually the case with catalogs, its generic name hides the true beauty of … Continue reading

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Now is the Time to Observe Uranus

Images credit & copyright: NASA/JPL Voyager 2. If you love the night sky and the planets in particular then 2018 has been a fantastic year.  Jupiter reached opposition (closest point to Earth) back on May 8, Saturn reached opposition on … Continue reading

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Now is the Time to Observe Neptune

Images credit & copyright: NASA/JPL Voyager 2. If you love the night sky and the planets in particular then this has been a fantastic year.  Jupiter reached opposition (closest point to Earth) back on May 8. Saturn reached opposition on … Continue reading

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Emerald Lake

Image credit & copyright: Yuri Beletsky. Ever been to Chile’s Atacama Desert? I haven’t as of yet but Yuri Beletsky sure has and for years he’s been providing incredible imagery of the region. In this image we see our imposing … Continue reading

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Brace Yourselves, the 2018 Perseids are Coming

Image credit & copyright: Thomas W. Earle. Apologies on the title, I’m having withdrawals but the 2018 Perseids meteor shower is really coming. In fact, you may have already been seeing some. Basics: The night of Sunday, August 12th through … Continue reading

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