Whats Up There to See

  • Cygnus-Sadr Region – 2016-09-26 - Friends of mine had a star registered with the name “MadVic” as a gift for their 60th wedding anniversary. So i decided to followup with an image of the region that showed the actual star. The region around the centre of Cygnus is known as the “Gamma Cygni Nebula” (IC 1318); named after the bright […]
  • Vallis Alpes Comparison – 2013-04-21 - I recently came across an image of Vallis Alpes on the moon (Alpine Valley) created by the Lunar Orbiter 4¬†space craft in 1967. It struck me as amusing that my own image taken in April of 2013 compares favourably with the Obiter’s image. The Orbiter’s altitude varied from 2,100km to 6,000km so I nominally choose […]
  • Finding the Andromeda Galaxy – 2015-11-05 - As night sky objects go, i think the Andromeda Galaxy has the most engaging story. And it’s a relatively modern story considering the ancient folklore associated with the constellations¬†and the heavens in general. In 1920 there was a raging disagreement among astronomers and scientist in general about the size of ¬†universe. The generally accepted view […]
  • Vega and the Constellation Lyra – 2015-10-30 - The bright star Vega at magnitude 0.03 is the 5th brightest star in the sky and the third brightest star visible from the 45th parallel (Ottawa). Sirius at magnitude -1.46 is the brightest star in the sky and Arcturus magnitude -0.05 is the second brightest in the north. Although the yellow-orange star Arcturus is only […]
  • The Sky for January 2014 - For those attuned to western numerology, they are finally out the year xx13. In Asian cultures 4 is considered unlucky, so perhaps xxx4 will not be a good year for some people. Winter is upon us in Northern America and aside for short walks for the dog, venturing outside in -25c temperatures in the dark […]
  • Comet ISON Officially Gone – 2013-12-03 - Comet ISON (c2012 s1) encountered a solar flare while traveling around the sun and faded quickly. It was thought to have disintegrated, but a short time later it reappeared on one of NASA’s solar observatories. So for a little while there was a faint hope (pun intended) that it had survived. However, as of Dec […]
  • Comet ISON Fading Fast – 2013-12-01 - NASA’s solar observatories have been tracking comet c2012 S1 (ISON) as it rounded the sun. On Nov 27th it encountered a solar flare and then began to fade noticeably. They predict that “this development makes it unlikely that Comet ISON will put on a good show after it exits the glare of the sun in […]
  • Comet ISON Finder for December 2013 - ISON disappeared from view in the last week of November as it races towards the sun. It will reappear again in the eastern pre-dawn sky in December. It might first be visible on Dec 4th with a better chance of seeing on Dec 6th. The best opportunity will probably be Dec 9th and 10th. It […]
  • The Sky for December 2013 - The chart below shows the southern sky mid December at 9pm EDT. The same view will be seen at 10pm on Dec 1st and 9pm on Dec 31st. Comet ISON (c2012 s1) will be visible in the eastern predawn skies starting about Dec 4th at 6am. For a more detailed description including finder charts, see […]
  • Comet ISON Finder Chart 2013-11-20 6am EST - The sky is forecast to be clear tomorrow morning affording a last chance to see comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) before it disappears behind the sun. It will return a couple of weeks later, also in the pre-dawn sky. On Nov 20th (2013) comet ISON will be low in the per-dawn sky and possibly visible about […]