Why Astronomy?

We are a way the universe can know itself.  This is my comfortable way of paraphrasing a wonderful statement by Carl Sagan. Many people, young and old, ask “Who am I?  Why am I here?” Sometimes I think that we humans are the mouth of the universe that’s asking the same questions about the cosmos. … More Why Astronomy?

Eskimo Nebula from Cline Observatory

Tonight the featured object at Cline Observatory will be the Eskimo Nebula.  Cline Observatory is located on the Jamestown campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) and is open to the public, free of charge, every clear Friday night. Also known as NGC 2392, the Eskimo Nebula is a Planetary Nebula in the constellation Gemini.  With … More Eskimo Nebula from Cline Observatory

5 Planets?

I’ve read somewhere that the Earth-Moon system could be considered a double planet, the masses being so similar compared to other planet-moon systems. So if we do, what a lovely sight of five planets n the sky this morning.  Beginning near the meridian, Jupiter is shining bright. Further east, near Spica, we find the planet-formerly-known-as-red, … More 5 Planets?

The Hunter Rises

Happy New Year, Everyone.  I hope 2016 is a great year for you. Tonight at the public observing session at Cline Observatory the Orion Nebula (M 42)  will be the featured object.  Orion is a favorite constellation for many stargazers, and the Orion Nebula is a wonderful reminder of the process of stellar evolution. Cline … More The Hunter Rises