Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, USA

Category: Observing

Bringing Space Exploration & the Night Sky Down to Earth

Book Review: Objects in the Heavens

After most of our astronomy club meetings, we head out as group to a local eating establishment to enjoy a late dinner or desert or even a few drinks. This is also a great opportunity to socialize with other amateur astronomers, compare notes and even share stories of new purchases/acquisitions. That is exactly what I…
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Observing Quasar 3C 273 – Traveling Back in Time 2 Billion Years

On my list of objects to view from my own telescope (a 1994 Celestron 8” SCT), has been Quasar 3C 273.  Aesthetically speaking, this object has zero value, it looks like a very faint star.  However what makes this object so interesting is its origin and its distance. Quasars are the compact, central region of…
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Super Nova SN2012aw in M95

Thursday night I spent some time with fellow RAC members Mark L.and Ian H. (separately) while at the Staunton River Star Party.  We were looking through my 8” SCT for the super nova SN2012aw that had been detected last week in the Leo galaxy, M95.  After much back and forth on Stellarium, star charts and…
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Observing Asteroid 2005 YU55

On Tuesday November 8th, 2011 asteroid 2005 YU55 which is about the size of an aircraft carrier buzzed the Earth within 201,700 miles (324,600 kilometers).  As a point of reference, our moon is 238,000 miles away!   Even though asteroids of this size pass by Earth frequently, the last time a space rock this large came…
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