Battling an almost full moon, and frosty ground conditions, the McGee School Astronomy Club in Berlin, Connecticut, held an observing session on Nov. 19th. The viewing grounds were just down the street at the Willard School field, which provided plenty of parking, and a large field to set up in. Assisting club mentor Laurie Averill, were several members [...]
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A perfect day for leaf peeping in Connecticut yeilded more than a few frames of fall foliage in my camera. A never disappointing area to observe great autumn colors, and have maybe an apple fritter or two, is in Middlefield, Connecticut around the Lyman Orchards area. Rolling hills, acres of ripe apples, and squeals of children and [...]
Being held on September 10-12 for it’s 20th year, CSP-20 is planned to be the best ever! We will be back under dark skies in Ashford, Connecticut with special guests, Carolyn Shoemaker, and David Levy. Registration is now open to secure a place to meet and greet these famous astronomers, and hear their presentations. For more information go to the [...]
Good timing, great weather, and luck permitted me not only to see STS-131 land at Kennedy Space Center, but to see an Air Force “Top Secret” rocket launch on April 22nd. A unmanned reusable spaceplane was launched into orbit aboard an 196 foot tall Atlas 5 rocket at 7:52pm under perfect launch conditions. Built by [...]
The ISS had another orbit over Connecticut last night (3-19-10). This time passing from Northwest to Southeast just before 8:00pm. The weather did not cooperate like it did the last time. This time we had some high level clouds in the area which hampered the clarity of the image. It was still great to watch it fly [...]
A friend in Washington D.C. mailed me a stack of photos of the early days of space exploration in the United States. They are very interesting to see how we looked at space in the 1950′s and 1960′s. I will start off this “Space retrospective” series that I will post here intermittently, with two photographs of “Sidewalk Astronomers” [...]
As promised here is the video I shot with the new Nikon D300s camera. Same subject as yesterday, the moon. Shot at 990mm with my Vixen Refractor Telescope, and processed in Final Cut Pro, saved as a Quicktime file and uploaded to Vimeo. The zoom into the crater Tycho was done in Final Cut Pro, [...]
You get this first if it’s kind from NASA. It is an image the Crab Nebula with combined information from the Chandra X-Ray Telescope, Hubble, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. This very deep image shows that the Crab Nebula is producing energy equal to 100,000 suns. Photo courtesy of NASA.
I was lucky enough to have a few images on TV last week! Check out the video of the morning weather forecast by Joe Furey.
Scores of attendees at the Connecticut Star party in Ashford, Connecticut were treated to a real UFO sighting at approximately 7:55pm Saturday night. While darkeness was setting in a bright, very bright cone of light was expanding in the southwest. It grew brighter and larger to the size larger than the full moon for about [...]