Sunday, November 22, 2020

PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE IS VISIBLE IN EAST TEXAS

 On Monday Morning, 30 November 2020 there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse that is visible in East Texas. The Moon will move into the Earth’s outer shadow about 1:32 AM CST that morning. Then at 3:44 AM the eclipse will reach it’s maximum. The eclipse will continue until 5:53 AM as the Moon departs Earth’s shadow. The Moon will be just to the west of overhead at the start of the eclipse and just above the horizon at the end. This is what it looks like below.



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

RARE CONJUNCTION OF JUPITER AND SATURN

 A very rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will occur on the night of December 21th about 5pm on. They will be 6 arc minutes apart. With a 15mm eye piece and 8" scope, you can see both in the FOV.

 


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Perseids, Planets and Milky Way at Mineola Nature Preserve.

While chasing Perseid Meteors at the Mineola Nature Preserve, during breaks I photographed other objects.

 Jupiter (RT) and Saturn near Sagittarius-to the right (note the Tea Pot asterism in the center) and a "crawling" Scorpius (to right) as opposed to the "standing" position it is in early evening.
Milky Way to left of Sagittarius (Looking at the galaxy's center where a massive Black Hole exists.
 A rising Mars (moderate magnification).
A Waning Crescent Moon.    
And at last is a Perseid below Cassiopeia (M on it's side.).

Saturday, July 25, 2020

COMET NEOWISE BECOMES OBLITERATED BY THE WAXING MOON / LAST LOOK AT THE NUCLEUS

As the Moon waxes in brightness, it obliterated the tail of Comet Neowise and the Comet fades into darkness. The first image in a mid-angle view of the comet below the Big Dipper asterism in the constellation URSA MAJOR. The nucleus in at the bottom of the frame and the tail toward the top away from the the Sun. The second image is at a higher focal length for a close up view.

Friday, July 24, 2020

COMET NEOWISE PHOTOGRAPH IN THE "TRIPLE PLAY"

Lisa Moss of Hawkins captured the Comet NEOWISE, recently, along with the aster-ism Big Dipper in the constellation URSA MAJOR and a meteor in the same shot. The Little Dipper with Polaris on the end, can be seen in the upper right above the meteor.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

NEW NAKED EYE COMET VISIBLE NOW

Comet Neowise is a naked eye visible comet that can be seen in the NW sky at near Sundown through about the 23rd of this month. It is between LEO and URSA MAJOR (Big Dipper Asterism). See diagram below. For more information see the following source: https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/comet-neowise-dazzles-at-dusk/This is one of those unusual comets that are close and bright to see without a telescope. It is great with binoculars.

Monday, July 6, 2020

This the July 4th Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Moon. It is a little darker than a normal Full Moon because it is the outer part of the Earth's shadow. It is a little yellowish due in part to the dispersion of the Sun's light by the atmosphere, but more probably due to the Sahara Desert dust suspended in the atmosphere over Texas. We were lucky to see the Moon because of the forecasted scattered showers for the area. The photo was made at my home by Miranda Bennett of Tyler, TX. Also earlier in the month of June, she photographed the Strawberry Moon pictured below.