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Uranus Discovery Of Uranus

Uranus: A Brief Overview

Uranus is the seventh planet from the Sun, and is named after the Greek God of the sky. In Greek Mythology, Uranus was the grandfather of Zeus, otherwise known as Jupiter, and the father of Cronus, otherwise known as…


Messier 66

Messier 66

Messier 66, the brightest and largest member of the Leo Triplet of galaxies, is an intermediate spiral galaxy located in Leo constellation. It was discovered by French astronomer Charles Messier[8] on March 1, 1780, who…


Saturn

Moons of Saturn

Of all the planetary bodies in the solar system, as of the time of this article being written, Saturn has the greatest number of moons. With 82 moons, Saturn has 3 more moons than Jupiter…


Messier 65

Messier 65

Messier 65, also known as NGC 3623, is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 35 million light-years away in the constellation Leo. It was discovered by Charles Messier in 1780. Along with M66 and NGC 3628,…


Saturn Mythology

Observation Of Saturn

Saturn is the most distant of the five planets easily visible to the naked eye from Earth, the other four being Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter. Saturn appears to the naked eye in the night…


Solar Storm

Solar Storms: A Disaster Waiting To Happen

It’s a normal average Sunday night in the Winter, heading into the work week as the US and North America start to head to sleep. But then everything starts to change, as the midnight sky…


Windmill Oregon

Ideal Oregon IDA Dark Sky Site Candidates

After Prineville Reservoir State Park become an IDA Dark Sky Preserve, the first in the PNW, it made us think that there are some great candidates for future sites. For the Oregon State Parks, make…


Messier 64 Black Eye Galaxy

Messier 64 Black Eye Galaxy

Easily identified by the spectacular band of absorbing dust partially obscuring its bright nucleus, M64, or the Black Eye galaxy, is characterized by its bizarre internal motion. The gas in the outer regions of this…