Archive for June, 2014

Longest day of the year is Saturday!

  “The sun will reach its northernmost point in the sky — known as the summer solstice — Saturday. Earth’s closest star will seem to pause briefly before beginning its move southward again. In the Northern Hemisphere, this marks the longest day of the year. Because of Earth’s tilt of 23.4 degrees to its orbit, […]

Astronomy.com’s free Moon ebook

Astronomy magazine is offering a free short ebook about observing the Moon in various phases, with descriptions of the best features during the various phases.  The photo maps list the large features visible to the naked eye, binoculars, and small telescopes. http://www.astronomy.com/rapid/2014/01/your-guide-to-the-moon

Download Free Black Holes eBook

Sky and Telescope is offering a free black holes eBook: This free eBook from Sky & Telescope magazine includes four articles from the experts, who explain various aspects of black holes. “A Quasar in Every Galaxy?” by Robert Irion summarizes observations and theories about the supermassive black holes that lurk in the core of almost […]

Observing summary June 2014

Space.com has a very nice summary of June’s astronomical events: June 3, 2:08–3:44 p.m. EDT Triple shadow transit on Jupiter June 10, dusk. The Moon will pass just south of the planet Saturn. June 21, 6:51 a.m. EDT Solstice June 24, dawn, The slender crescent moon will pass just below the planet Venus. Jun 27, New […]