2017 Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipses

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth. A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when…

Geminids Meteor Shower

Geminids Meteor Shower

Although not as well known nor is weather as necessarily as good in the Pacific Northwest, the Geminids Meteor Shower are a prolific meteor shower caused by the object 3200 Phaethon, which is thought to be a Palladian asteroid with a “rock comet” orbit….

December Solstice

December Solstice

Occurring on either December 21 or December 22, the December Solstice is the winder solstice for the Northern Hemisphere, which signals the first day of winter. In the Southern Hemisphere, the solstice signals the first…

Supermoon Full Moon Lunar Surface

Lunar Surface Detail Observations

The moon is the closest celestial object to Earth and one of the largest objects in the sky. It is hard to believe that it has been 50 years since man landed on its surface….

What Is The Aurora Borealis?

A result of disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind, the Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the Earth’s sky, predominantly seen in the high-latitude regions around the Arctic and Antarctic. These…

Showing some of the Moon Phases

Moon Phases

Here we are going to talk about the moon phases. The lunar phase or phase of the Moon is the shape of the directly sunlit portion of the Moon as viewed by an observer from Earth. What the observer from Earth would…


Leonids Meteor Shower

The Leonids Meteor Shower are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Tempel–Tuttle. The meteor shower peaks in the month of November, running annually from November 6th to 30th. Most years will see the Leonids as an average shower,…

Transit Of Mercury

Transit of Mercury

A Transit of Mercury across the Sun takes place when the planet Mercury passes directly, transits, between the Sun and a superior planet, becoming visible against the solar disk. During a transit, Mercury appears as…


Satellites, Planes, and Meteors, oh my!

This article is going to describe the difference between Planes, and Satellites, and meteors in the sky. It can be tough for newer astronomers to make the determination. Astronomers can use the object Magnitude to describe how…

Supermoon Full Moon Lunar Surface

What Is A Supermoon

Coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle in Dell Horoscope magazine, the term supermoon was arbitrarily defined as: “… a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach…