Articles by Mike R

Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit Successfully Launches Rocket Into Orbit

Unlike companies such as Blue Origin and SpaceX, Virgin Orbit has built their LauncherOne platform around enabling horizontal small satellite launch. This is important because it will allow for more access to space for cube…


Messier 27 The Dumbbell Nebula

Spotted by Charles Messier in 1764, the Dumbbell Nebula (Messier 27) was the first planetary nebula ever discovered. With the planet-like appearance through a small telescope, it would seem that this is a bit of…



Mars

Mars Missions Currently Operational

In preparation of the upcoming landings of the Mars missions launched in 2020, which are expected to arrive at the red planet in the 1st quarter of 2021, we are going to take a look…


Mars 2020 Rocket Launch COVID-19 Rocket Launch Photography

Rocket Launch Photography Tips

If one gets the opportunity to attend a rocket launch, make sure to take advantage of every aspect. We do have a bunch of articles discussing the potential for unique social opportunities and how COVID-19…


Messier 26

Messier 26

An interesting feature of Messier 26 is a region of low star density near the nucleus. A hypothesis was that it was caused by an obscuring cloud of interstellar matter between us and the cluster. Nevertheless, Messier 26, also…


Astrometry

Astrometry: An Introduction

The definition of astrometry is, “the measurement of the positions, motions, and magnitudes of stars.” As a branch of astronomy, astrometry involves precise measurements of the positions and movements of stars and other celestial bodies….


Astrometry

Astrometry Website Analysis

The definition of astrometry is, “the measurement of the positions, motions, and magnitudes of stars.” As a branch of astronomy, astrometry involves precise measurements of the positions and movements of stars and other celestial bodies….


Sun Solar Minimum Solar Observing Solar Cycle

Solar Observing Tips

There are a plethora of guides available online for what can be seen and how solar observing can be done. Space.com, Astronomy.com, SkyAndTelescope, and others all provide their own tutorials and guides; however, this article,…


Comet Neowise Deep Sky

Deep Space: What Exactly Does It Mean?

Recently, I was watching the new PBS show called Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed The World, narrated by sir Patrick Stewart. This new PBS series is really interesting and worth watching, as it has episodes…