Lunar Calendars

Lunar Calendars: An Introduction

When reviewing Moon: An Illustrated History by Dr. David Warmflash, what caught our attention was the mention of Lunar Calendars. The technical definition of a lunar calendar is calendar based on the monthly cycles of the Moon’s phases, which are synodic…


NASA Space Grant Consortium

NASA Space Grant Consortium In The PNW

In this article, we will provide a brief overview to the NASA Space Grant Consortium. The NASA Space-Grant Colleges are educational institutions in the United States that comprise a network of fifty-two consortia formed for the purpose of outer-space–related research Each consortium is…



Sun Solar Minimum

Solar Minimum Explained

You might have seen the recent articles about the sun entering into a period in its cycle called the solar minimum and the potentially “cataclysmic” events associated with this. We are here to help you…


Transits

Transits: An Introduction

A transit “is the passage of a relatively small body across the disk of a larger body, usually a star or a planet, occulting only a very small area.”[1] Transits are different than an eclipse which is caused…


Galaxy Cluster Apparent Magnitude

Apparent Magnitude

Apparent magnitude is a measure of the brightness of a star or other astronomical object observed from the Earth. An object’s apparent magnitude depends on its intrinsic luminosity, its distance from Earth, and any extinction of the object’s light caused by interstellar dust along the…



Summer Triangle Asterisms

Asterisms

An asterism is a popularly known pattern or group of stars that can be seen in the night sky. Although this is very similar to a constellation, asterisk do differ as they are IAU officially recognized area of the sky….


Summer Triangle Asterisms

Summer Triangle

The Summer Triangle is a popularly known pattern or group of stars that can be seen in the night sky in the northern celestial hemisphere to help astronomers find other objects in the sky. The defining vertices of this imaginary triangle can be found…


Telescope Craigslist

What Is A Telescope?

What is a telescope? How do they work and what are they used for? These are some of the most basic questions about the topic of telescopes, but some of the most important in regards…