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Wed, Jan 30 2013
A sweet wide-field Whirlpool Galaxy you won’t forget
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Thu, Dec 20 2012
Stunning image: The International Space Station and Milky Way
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Thu, Aug 9 2012
A personal and unique view on the cosmos
This fine little film about the cosmos and the author’s perspective on it is really charming. I saw it online yesterday when its creator, Robert M. Powell, posted it during a science discussion. Bob is an amateur astronomer in Mequon, Wisconsin, and relishes his time under the stars. [captionimage...
Tue, Mar 27 2012
Amateur astronomer investigates a galaxy’s tidal stream
Frequent Astronomy magazine contributor R. Jay GaBany, who operates the Blackbird II Observatory near Alder Springs, California, recently participated in a study of the dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 4449 and its attendant tidal stream. He is working with several professional astronomers on the project....
Wed, Dec 14 2011
Brandon Doyle captures Seyfert galaxy M77
Sixteen-year-old observer Brandon Doyle of Albion, New York, is an enthusiastic sketcher at the eyepiece. For ample evidence of this, see his story, “How to sketch deep-sky objects,” in the January 2012 issue of Astronomy . In that story, you’ll find 16 of Brandon’s sketches made...
Fri, Dec 9 2011
Killer shot of the Andromeda Galaxy
You wanna see a remarkable image of the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) in a way you’ve never seen it before? Check out Texas astroimager Jason Ware’s shot, which combines data from his 12-inch Meade Schmidt Camera and that of the blue plate of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey II. (Note that Jason...
Tue, Nov 29 2011
University of Delaware students capture M101 supernova
Happy beginning of the week to you; some surprises coming up starting tomorrow — stay tuned. Today I am sharing a lovely image of the galaxy M101 in Ursa Major shot by astronomy students of the University of Delaware at Mount Cuba Observatory, near Greenville. Judi Provencal of the University of...
Mon, Sep 26 2011
How young people can influence astronomical research — part two
Today I’m sharing part two of a guest story by 16-year-old Benjamin Palmer of Queensbury, New York ( you can find part one here ) . Benjamin is an active amateur astronomer, won this year’s Astronomy magazine Youth Essay Contest , and is chair of a committee on Youth in Astronomy for the...
Fri, Aug 19 2011
One night in a cornfield — Part Two
Carefully using a red-filtered flashlight to preserve his eyes’ sensitivity to faint light, the boy made a quick drawing on paper of how the Andromeda Galaxy appeared with his 8-inch telescope on that late summer night. The bushes continued to rustle, the breeze shot through the trees, and Larry...
Fri, Jul 15 2011
Hot image of the week: M83
I remember the first time I saw galaxy M83, a bright, sprawling, face-on barred spiral in Hydra. It was an early summer night in my observing field in Oxford, Ohio, with my Celestron-8 trained way down along the treetops. Yet the galaxy was tantalizingly cool, a big glowing mass of light surrounding...
Mon, May 23 2011
The skies belong to everyone, part seven: Galaxies
In the past six parts of this miniseries , we’ve looked at all types of objects you can easily observe in the night sky — the Moon, planets, comets, stars, star clusters, and nebulae. In this final entry, we now turn to deep space, to galaxies far beyond our Milky Way. [caption image="...
Tue, May 10 2011
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