Meet Mr. Supernova

Supernovas in distant galaxies photographed by William Wiethoff Were you able to split the double star in the Dipper’s Handle last night? If it proved tricky, try looking a little off to the side of the star rather than directly at it. This technique is called averted vision and exploits a more sensitive region within your eye. Today I’d like…
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See The Most Famous Double Star In The Sky

Find Mizar and its companion Alcor in the bend of the Dipper’s Handle Clear skies are forecast for the region tonight so why not try to spot something new in a familiar group of stars. Focus your attention on the Big Dipper, high in the northeastern sky as soon as night falls. If you study the chart above,…
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A Trio Of Lights Line Up Tonight

The moon and the Gemini Twins tonight – created with Stellarium Just came in from looking at the quarter moon in Gemini. If you have a small scope, the shadowed craters on the terminator (sunrise line) are beautiful. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy their rugged beauty. No worries if you don’t have a scope. The moon…
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Black Hole Questions? We Got Answers

Artist depiction of matter spiraling into black hole XTE J1650-500 – NASAClick on this NASA video to get a feel for what it’s like to circle a black hole. Earlier this month, scientists discovered the smallest black hole ever. Called XTE J1650-500, it’s located in the southern constellation of Ara the altar and is orbited by a companion star. A disk of…
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Fierce Storm Gives Way To A Gentle Lion

 A robin considers Friday’s storm — Bob King / News Tribune This robin is doing his best to stay warm in the storm today. He reminds me of typical amateur astronomers on a cold night, all puffy in our down coats. People of a feather stay warm together. Leo the Lion is dominates the mid-April sky —…
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