The Moon and Phases for 2013

The Moon and Phases for 2013

The presence of the Moon moderates Earth’s wobble on its axis, leading to a relatively stable climate over billions of years. From Earth, we always see the same face of the Moon because the Moon rotates once on its own axis in the same time that it travels once around Earth (called synchronous rotation). The … Continue reading

Comets ISON and Hale Bop

Comets ISON and Hale Bop

Comet ISON to be visible to the naked eye by November 2013 in the Northen Hemisphere It could be brighter than any comet of the past century and may even be visible in DAYLIGHT.   Discovered by Russian astronomers, ISON is thought to originate from the Oort Cloud and may end up crashing into the Sun … Continue reading

Quasars and Pulsars

Quasars and Pulsars

Quasars and Pulsars  The word “quasar” refers to a “quasi-stellar radio source.” The first quasars were discovered in the 1960s when astronomers measured their very strong radio emissions. Later, scientists discovered that quasars are actually radio-quiet, with very little radio emission. However, quasars are some of the brightest and most distant objects we can see. … Continue reading

Universe Feature and Star Map of the Galaxy

Universe Feature and Star Map of the Galaxy

European Southern Observatory 17 December 2012: Astronomers from around the world have been meeting in Chile to discuss the exciting first year of scientific results from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. ALMA started Early Science operations at the end of September 2011, and the first scientific papers have recently been appearing in refereed journals. … Continue reading

A Wonderful Calendar of 2013 Celestial Events

A Wonderful Calendar of 2013 Celestial Events

 January 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids are an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower usually peaks on January 3 & 4, but some meteors can be visible from January 1 – 5. The near last quarter moon will hide many of the fainter meteors with its … Continue reading

Lunar Eclipses and Future Events

Lunar Eclipses and Future Events

Lunar eclipses occur when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon. There are three types, with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon. The last lunar eclipse was on Nov. 28, 2012. The next lunar eclipse is on April 25, 2013. It will be a … Continue reading