‘Deep Sky’ Archive

South Plains Star Party at the Gott

  The Moon, Saturn (center) and Mars (lower-left of Saturn) shine brightly over Gott Observatory.     Last night’s star party at the Gott was a wonderful evening under the sky.  Even with a crescent Moon, the band of the Milky Way could be seen stretching all the way from Scorpius to Cassiopeia.  And dark […]

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 […]

New Supernova in M74

Supernova Erupts in M74 An exploding star in the spiral galaxy Messier 74 in Pisces, discovered last Thursday, had brightened to about magnitude 12.6 as of Tuesday morning. And it may not have reached its peak yet.Chalk up another one for the astronomers of the Lick Observatory Supernova Search. Using a robotic telescope atop Mount Hamilton […]