Any fact based posts or discussions about astronomy. The occasional bit of humor never hurt anybody either I guess.
Latest Activity: Nov 27
Started by Darlene J. @ Nutwood Observatory. Last reply by CreekEnd_UK Feb 9, 2012.
Another new photo taken at Nutwood ObservatoryM82 (Cigar Galaxy). Hi Res close-up (24 meg) CCD image LLRGB (6,3,2,2) hrs. Taken at Nutwood Observatory April 2011. f9 Ceravolo, ME mount, guided subs…Continue
Started by Maryanne Leach. Last reply by Gary H Sep 23, 2010.
Hi Gary:I was curious of the type of telescope you use to get the pictures you have..............Continue
"Remember: Comet ISON is a dynamically new sungrazing comet, fresh in from the Oort Cloud, and the last time we saw an object like this was never!"
Nice shot Darlene.
Jupiter & The Moon Rise Together -
On the evening of November 21st people around the world saw Jupiter near the moon. This conjunction of Jupiter and moon is an event that occurs approximately every 35 years. This photo was taken from our 6th floor condo on Marco Island, FL
NASA launches MAVEN to Mars
"In all probability," he said "the sun has done this before."
"The dramatic uptick in the number of solar flares over the past few weeks, especially the powerful X-class flares, is a good sign that the impending change in the sun's magnetic field is drawing nearer.
Our sun is a variable star. While some variable stars swing through active and quiet periods very quickly or very haphazardly, our sun works on a fairly regular schedule lasting about 11 years or so. At times like now, when it's reaching solar maximum, its surface is typically dotted with a multitude of sunspots and it's throwing off solar flares and coronal mass ejections on nearly a daily basis, and at solar minimum its surface is very quiet."
"MAVEN: NASA's Next Mission to Mars"
I remember about ten years ago when I lived in suburban Scarborough out in the backyard with my scope. I was looking at Venus. It was in a partial phase and I was using abt. 160x on my eq2 mounted scope. I showed my daughters and my youngest thought it looked like Montressor Spaceport from the Disney movie Treasure Planet.
Darlene, roughing it eh? lol. Alligator Alley? Sounds comforting. Like the Torrance Barrens with worrying about wolves & bears etc.
Must be a good feeling getting a picture published.
Being significantly farther south would provide for some new objects to look at!
A lot of the major league baseball teams have their spring training in Florida. I knew someone who went down every year to see the pre-season games. He said you can see a game every day and I don't think it costs anything. If you can keep awake in the daytime it might be good for a change of pace. Once I start getting the OAS I might like to try that.
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