Observing Plans for Friday, August 12, 2016

I’m scheduled to host at Cline Observatory tonight, Friday, August 12.  Here are my observing plans for the evening.Join us.********************* Near to Far then back******************** Mars (featured object) 0.78 Astronomical Units (AU) distant Since June 29 in pro-grade motion Named for a god of the Germanic people, Freya Saturn at 9.6 AU distant Less dense … More Observing Plans for Friday, August 12, 2016

Let’s Talk Astronomy

One of the really great benefits of teaching astronomy is having a group of people who are somewhat interested in the subject, to talk with about current events and astronomy in general.  I’ve enjoyed the opportunities to speak before community groups, and, again, the conversations with members of the audiences are the best part. And … More Let’s Talk Astronomy

Sunrise on the Moon

Tomorrow evening the featured object at Cline Observatory will be the Moon; specifically the crater Copernicus found about 10 degrees north of the lunar equator, a little left (or west) of the central meridian.  Named after the famous Polish astronomer, the crater Copernicus can be easily found looking at the moon with binoculars or a … More Sunrise on the Moon

The Shield – Tonight at Cline Observatory

The constellation Scutum contains one of the most interesting star clouds in our galaxy, M11.  This cluster  of about 600 bright stars and hundreds of fainter stars was discovered in 1681 by Gottfried Kirsch. There are many yellow stars and red giants in this open cluster located more than 5,000 light years from Earth.  According … More The Shield – Tonight at Cline Observatory