Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Events Events Events!

Good Morning Star Gazers have I got a treat for you all!
April and May happened to be approaching and the series of Astronomy events that will be taking place are endless. For starters we have:

Thu, 4/2/2009

100 hours of Astronomy

Taking place in:
Blue Back Square
Memorial Road
West Hartford, New England, CT 06107
United States

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Admission Fees
There is no pre-registration or cost for this event.

What is there to do?
Drop by the plaza between Barnes & Noble and the Noah Webster Public Library in Blue Back Square on the evening of April 2. Join thousands of people around the world as we all look through telescopes as Galileo did 400 years ago.

Want more information? Visit this website:

Fri, 4/17/2009

Astronomy and Owl Prowl

Roaring Brook Nature Center
70 Gracey Road
Canton, New England, CT 06107
United States

7:30 - 9:30 pm
Admission Fees
$8/person for Nature Center/ TCM Members, $10/ person for non-members.
To register, call 860.231.2830 x44 or e-mail

What is there to do?
Join staff from the Travelers Science Dome at the Gengras Planetarium for a look at the spring sky. Following a brief discussion and astronomy project in the Nature Center auditorium, Nature Center staff will conduct a walk through the woods to open fields where we'll use telescopes to observe the heavens. As an added bonus, you will be looking and listening for owls along the way, as well as discussing the nesting habits of the Barred Owls that often breed in that part of the woods.

Thu, 4/23/2009 - Sun, 4/26/2009

Georgia Sky View - A Stellar Event

Indian Springs State Park - Camp McIntosh
678 Lake Clark Road
Flovilla, GA 30216
United States

Admission Fees
$45.00 per person registration (a little expensive but worth it)

Whats there to do?

The Flint River Astronomy Club will host its fifth annual Star Party on April 23rd, 24th,25th, and 26th - 2009
Camp McIntosh - Indian Springs Park
(near Jackson, GA)

Saturday April 25

Times: 6:00-11:00 Pm

The Dark Sky Festival at Harmony


3500 Harmony Square Drive West
Harmony, FL 34773

Whats there to see?

This is a special event its rather close to me and I will be attending:)
as for whats to see well lets just put it this way this location was featured as a cover story in the National Geographic of November 2008 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/light-pollution/klinkenborg-text for being one of the least light polluted cities in all of the Unites States. Now I encourage every one in my area to go it will be amazing, from interacting with the pros to viewing all sorts of cosmic images. The crowd is family oriented so bring grandma, grandpa, kids, aunts, uncles its for every generation.

Lastly I would like to mention a reminder to everyone please Note in your calendars that National Astronomy Day is Saturday May 2,2009!

Well that's it for now thanks for following and as I always say
Keep looking up!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Unprepared for Asteroid Attack!

“Plans are being drawn up but we are still years away from technology testing space missions whose goal is to alter trajectories of Earth devastating asteroids.” www.space.com

Are we ready for an asteroid attack? Apparently not,
Yet the International Space station is on watch for any threats headed our way.

It is an imminent threat that asteroids will fall on the Earth's surface at one point or the other.
Whats' worse is how will we overcome its effects?

I for one don’t know much about an asteroid's makeup none the less its effects.
Its obvious that asteroids keep getting closer than we thought they would and I’m extremely worried after having watched this video.


If there’s anything that is happening now in our skies this is something I'm definitely keeping my eye on.
I think we need to think a little bit more on what we can do to prevent chaos!

Here are my questions to you the followers:

What do you think could possibly be done?
Does the U.S have a plan?
Will we be able to find ways of preparing now just in case something like this happens?
Will you be digging an underground shelter tonight? I know I might.

Let me know.. and feel free to post what’s on your mind on this topic.
And remember keep lookin up!

You might want to check out these videos too.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Venus is whats' to see!

Hello there Stargazers!

Today’s post will be dedicated to a follower of this blog that goes by alias of cheezypoofs182.
He had a question that dealt with what to expect from the western skies within the next week.
After research on various astronomy sites I found out that Venus was under a spotlight!

For those who don’t know much about Venus it is known as the Evening and Morning star.
“Venus, shrouded in cloud, is the
Brightest of the planets in our sky,
But she reveals her secrets reluctantly.”

The Facts:
Venus is covered by clouds of water vapor and sulfuric acid so dense that we cannot see its surface without the use of advanced radar systems like the NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.
It also undergoes phases much like the moon because; its orbits are so close to the Sun’s than the Earth’s.
This time of year will be the time where the planet will be at it’s brightest particularly closer towards the western skies showing only a large thin crescent.

Why does this happen?
Because Venus will be closer to Earth.

Now what to look for?

Venus can be seen high in the west after sunset shining at magnitude -4.5 so can hardly be missed! Venus will be seen lower in the sky week by week and by the 20th will start to become hard to spot in the glare of the Sun. It will lie between us and the Sun (called inferior conjunction) on March 27th so will be invisible for some time before reappearing in the pre-dawn sky around the 5th of April.

For more details on where I obtained all of these updates just check out http://www.astronomy.com/ your number one resource on whats happenin in your night sky! Also I discovered this great feature they have called StarDome http://www.astronomy.com/asy/stardome/default.aspx which shows you what to expect near by.

That’s all for now, I do encourage your feedback and additional comments on all the happenings that I may have failed to mention, or if you want to know more about your skies just let me know where you may be by and I will be sure to make a post in your honor!
Thanks once again for your input cheezypoofs and to all my followers may you have a great evening and remember keep looking up!

Sunday, March 8, 2009


SATURN SIGHTINGS at it's brightest

Good evening my fellow stargazers today is a special kind of Sunday!

Saturn is out to make a star studded appearance on our planet Earth and all you would need to do is look towards the western horizon.

This is the best time to observe a planet because:
• It is visible almost all night.
• Its orbit brings it closest to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter.

Clearly Saturn will be in it’s opposition a term used in positional astronomy and astrology to indicate when one celestial body is on the opposite side of the sky and once it is viewed from Earth , the planet’s longitude will differ by exactly 180 degrees.

After 15 years, tonight Saturn will be appearing to us, “edge up” meaning its rings will not be visible.

Instead a few faint lines will cross over Saturn allowing us to see its moons much clearer.

For avid stargazers you will be able to use your telescopes to spot the brightest of Saturn’s moons, Titan, which happens to be, 3200 mile wide.

Till next time this is latest in what’s going on in our skies, if you spot Saturn let me know. If you have pictures of your findings even better! Feel free to submit any if possible.

As Mr. Horkheimer always says “keep looking up”.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Telescopes as Promised

Hello my fellow stargazers!

A special good evening to readers who have been waiting to see which telescopes have made it to the top lists rated by both amateur and professional astronomers.

To begin I will say it was difficult to find telescopes that are both high quality and user friendly. But I realized all of them had something in commonly: Their brand.

Orion is the top quality scope with both power and ease that goes beyond their price.

They have a year warranty included, which also makes it a very adjuring and dependable brand. Not to mention they now offer Installment billing so you don’t have to pay for your scope all at once!

I was also considering the cost when approaching these ocular devices. The idea I kept in mind was: What would anyone be able to afford?

When it comes to letting money go in today’s economy, I as a consumer would rather get what I’m looking for at an affordable price and at top quality.

Now On to my List:

For: Beginners
The Orion Space Probe 3 Alt azimuth Reflector Telescope
great for all-around astronomical observing, this is a great beginner's telescope and it is at a great price! $158.
What’s included: adjustable-height equatorial mount, and parabolic optics,
Things you can see: Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and the cratered terrain of the Moon's surface.

For the: Family
The Orion Scope 70 Backpack refract or telescope
This is an excellent starter telescope from one person to a family.
Price: $149.00
What’s included: The eye piece is quite wide so it gives the viewer a wider view of the sky and includes a sturdy tripod to be positioned in all kinds of terrain.
Things you can see: Good for scenic long-distance viewing, and best for seeing beyond the horizon after sunset for some casual nighttime stargazing and Moon-watching.

For the: Professional
The Orion Star blast 4.5 and it is an Equatorial reflector telescope
Price: $199.95
What’s included: The scope's short focal length serves up a generous chunk of sky in the eyepiece, with newly upgraded eyepieces that include two from the Expanse series — 15mm (30x) and 6mm (75x) — which have a 66° apparent field of view.
Things you can see: Everything from the Moon to the Messier objects appear exceptionally sharp and contrasty.