The Lyrid meteor showers appear each April. These showers originate from the Comet Thatcher, and are named after the constellation Lyra the Harp. Comet Thatcher is not well-documented, as it takes 415 years to orbit the sun, so only rarely appears.
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible for many Americans. Tracking from Oregon to South Carolina, the moon's shadow will put on an amazing show for millions of people. Find out how!
Geminids are often described as one of the best meteor showings each year. The meteors generally appear in the first two to three weeks of December with peak showings about mid-month, usually around Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.
The answer to the question of how far away the nearest galaxy is to our own Milky Way Galaxy is not so simple to answer. The Milky Way is, relative to the vastness of space, near two other large spiral galaxies, although each is also surrounded by smaller galaxies which orbit the main ones.
Black holes have been a notable phenomenon by astrophysicists for their intense gravitational pull and the possibility of time travel. Black holes and time travel are broken down into layman's terms.
The Earth's orbit around the sun is not a perfect circle. Perihelion is the point in the orbit in which our planet is closest to the sun, and aphelion is when it is furthest away. Earth's elliptical orbit, and the timing of perihelion and aphelion, have significant effects on our planet's seasons and climate.
In the final installment of my visual deep sky series, I touch on a class of objects most deep sky astronomer enthusiast spend their time on. These objects are so numerous, you could spend an entire lifetime seeking them out and observing them, even in the smallest of telescopes. One catch though is that they are mostly faint and require dark skies, something which is hard to come by these days. I will discuss the brighter examples and what to expect from them.
Part two of my visual deep sky observing guide looks at some of the prettier celestial bodies in the sky. Star clusters are bright and can punch through light polluted skies and are therefore the staple of many deep sky afficionados who observe from urban and suburban locales.
Tips on improving that departmental store small telescope that is just gathering dust in your closet, and how this telescope can be put to work by even the most novice of astronomers.
I have compiled a short list of the best and brightest nebulae in the heavens, complete with what you can realistically expect to see in a small telescope. I will cover nebulae from both northern and southern hemisphere seeing that that this article will be accessible all over the world.
We are facing a golden age of amateur astronomy where there is a plethora of equipment even for the most novice of astronomers. My series of articles cover the subject that is closest to most practicing amateur astronomer hearts..how to observe the deep sky. In these series of articles I will cover observing techniques, recommend books on the subject and cover every major class of deep sky object.
Every year the Orionids Meteor Shower makes its appearance in October during the second half of the month. This cosmic illumination, which stems from Halley's Comet, is expected to peak this year between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21, which is similar to previous recent years.