Credit: Yuri Beletsky

Orion Meets The Moai Monoliths Of Easter Island

Yuri Beletsky, an astronomer and nightscape astrophotographer based in Chile, shared this spectacular photo of Orion bounding over one of the Moai figures on Easter Island. The towering stone figures were carved by the Rapa Nui people between the years 1250 and 1500 A.D. More than 900 were fashioned from stone from a nearby quarry; the tallest stands…
Read More

Annular eclipse May20_2012 Wiki BrockenInagloryFEA

See The Dawn Crescent Before Its African Eclipse

Many of us are focused on next year’s total solar eclipse which will be widely visible across the U.S., but in truth, eclipses happen every year. Some are total, some are partial and some are annular. On Thursday, skywatchers across central Africa and Madagascar will witness the year’s second solar eclipse. The first in March…
Read More


Deepest Look Ever Into Orion Nebula Reveals Lots Of Tiny Tots

Orion Nebula in July? Sure, why not! Especially when new photos taken in infrared light of the famous star factory in the sky reveal tons of brown dwarfs and gobs of smaller, planet-mass objects.  Astronomers used the wide-field HAWK-I infrared instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) to produce the deepest and most…
Read More

DST March 9S

Oh No, Not Daylight Saving Time Again

Watch out! Here it comes. Daylight Saving Time returns this Sunday at 2 a.m. An exercise in delayed gratification, “springing forward” means losing an hour of morning sleep we won’t reclaim until Sunday, Nov. 6. That’s not all – the stars take a big step back. You might you’ll think get that hour back on…
Read More

Orion Belt tracked treeFEA

10 O’clock Hail Orion! / Aurora Alert Tonight

With Daylight Saving Time swept away by the winds of November, there’s a change in the sky. All the constellations have shifted westward by one hour. Sagittarius, better known as the Teapot, now slips away during the dinner hour.  On the brighter side, Orion the Hunter bedazzles in the east as early as 10 o’clock.…
Read More