Category Archives: Astronomy

Moon Shadows on Neptune

  The image, above, is a composite of 4 images recorded by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft as it flew by Neptune on it’s way out of the solar system about twenty years ago. The information quoted, below, is taken from the … Continue reading

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Storm at Saturn’s North Pole

The Cassini probe that is currently orbiting Saturn has recently sent some amazing images of the storm that has been raging at Saturn’s north pole for years (decades?, centuries?). To view the image(s), click on the URL below: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-350   … Continue reading

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Moon Shadows on Jupiter

The APOD for 02 November presents a remarkable photo of Jupiter and three of it’s many moons . . . http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Here is the text that accompanied the photo: ” Explanation: This webcam and telescope image of banded gas giant Jupiter … Continue reading

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New Tripod

New Tripod [[ 06 June 2013 ]] We are enjoying our new tripod very much. The photo shows our 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain sitting atop the new Orion “Versago” III MicroMotion Altazimuth Mount. The new mount provides micro-motion controls for both altitude … Continue reading

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EXCITING NEWS !!

  10 January 2012 . . . Well . . . it’s exciting to us amateur astronomer types. The latest news release from NASA and ESA reports that both Vega and Fomalhaut have satellite systems analogous to our own solar … Continue reading

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Dawn

  30 November 2012 The Dawn spacecraft is accomplishing it’s mission beautifully. I have been following Dawn’s progress for many months via the NASA and JPL websites. This relatively small and inexpensive spacecraft has now completed it’s mission to the … Continue reading

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Jupiter and Io

This marvelous series of photographs of Jupiter and one of it’s moons, Io, was captured by Alessandro Bianconi in Italy recently. (Yes, I have Mr. Bianconi’s permission to use his copyrighted image here on my blog.) Just want to share … Continue reading

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