Greetings stargazers. For many amateur astronomers with small telescopes, spring is galaxy season. At any moderately dark site, which includes most of the Four Corners, you can see scores of these faint, fuzzy blotches.
Unfortunately, fuzzy blotches are all that one can typically see without either photographic assistance, or a bigger...
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Charles Messier (1730-1817) was a French comet hunter. While he did discover 13 comets, his more famous contribution to astronomy was a list he made of objects that were not comets.
It will be hard to write this month’s article without mentioning the recent event in Chelyabinsk, Russia, so let’s get that one out of the way first.
Jupiter is high overhead now. Except for the moon, it will be the brightest thing in the evening sky this month, and is a good pointer to part of a rather large asterism.
It is a good thing you are reading this – it means we entered the next Maya calendar b’ak’tun with fewer disruptions than the Y2K computer glitches that threatened civilization 13 years ago. But we can save that discussion for another tzolk’in (Maya 260-day time span). This month I will talk about seeing.
Greetings, stargazers. This is the time of year retailers love, and many of you might be in the market for a new gadget to help with your stargazing endeavors.
Thinking of a telescope? By far, the best telescope is the one that gets used the most.