More Galaxy Wonders: The Sculptor Galaxy

The Galaxy. NGC 253 (Sculptor Galaxy) is relatively close (about 8 million light years) and is among a group of galaxies that are closest to our own Milky Way. It is a good example of a nearly-edge-on galaxy and it is bright enough to observe with smaller telescopes. It contains… Continue reading

Share

Jewels of the Night

Observation note: September 13, 2009 was clearer than most recent nights at our observing site. The late summer evening sky was bright with stars, a reasonable outline of the Milky Way could be seen, and it was a pleasant 60 degrees. The problem was not whether to observe, but what… Continue reading

Share

Summer Color in the South

How Grand is Your God? Our stellar neighborhood begs to be discovered, but its color could not be seen very well until the last century. One can look at the stars and see stars that appear yellow or red or orange; the moon appears full of whites and greys; occasional… Continue reading

Share

Full Moon in Foreground Light

July 6, 2009 about 9:45 pm EDT; 15 minute sketch   8×56 binocular & eyes alone Pastels on light grey paper   We were outside to catch a glimpse of the international space station that was to appear in the SW but clouds had overtaken that part of the sky.… Continue reading

Share