Don’t forget about the upcoming meteor shower! The moon’s minimal (yay!) and you don’t even need a telescope – just go outside and look up! Try to find a space away from city lights, and enjoy it with a friend.
A lunar month takes 29.53 days. This is the amount of time it takes for the Moon to complete a cycle through all the phases, from new moon to full moon and then back to new moon again. This is very close to the length of a month in the [Read More…]
A comet visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system is putting on a spectacular nighttime display. Named Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE, the comet made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun on July 3, 2020, and will cross outside Earth’s orbit on its way back to the [Read More…]
CCAS Astronomer Kent Wallace and President Aurora Lipper will be taking you on a tour of the night sky so you can star gaze right from home! It’s that time again for SUMMER star gazing! This is the time of warm, late nights sparkling with stars, planets and meteor showers! [Read More…]
We’ve been having so much fun with our members-only monthly star gazing sessions, so we are planning to continue these throughout the summer. All you need is your telescope or binoculars and an internet connection to join us! If you’ve taken astronomy photos, please have them ready to share with [Read More…]
Our speaker for June is with a group of PhD students that transformed the Jefferson Rotunda into Planetarium for the public! Madeline Zehnder is a co-director of Rotunda Planetarium (http://www.rotundaplanetarium.org/) and a PhD candidate in the University of Virginia’s Department of English, where she studies 18th- and 19th-century American literature. Speaker [Read More…]
Orion gives you some great advice on what to consider when purchasing a pair of Binoculars by looking at the different factors like aperture, magnification, field of view, lens coatings, size and more so you can pick the pair that is best for your needs and budget.