By Dave Fuller on 9/19/2013 7:44 AM
I've been interested in astronomy ever since I was a kid. Looking up at the stars, wondering "What's out that?" and being completely fascinated by the space programs that took us to the Moon and low earth orbit, and finally getting my first "real" telescope in my early 20's, kicked off what eventually became this lifelong passion. Eyes on the Sky exists to devote part of its energy towards light pollution reduction, but it wasn't until I heard Dr. George Brainard speak at ALCon last year that I realized how important light at night - or should I say, lack of light at night is to sleep, and the spectrum of light with respect to melatonin.

The fact is, during the day, our eyes largely see light at blue wavelengths. Think about the color of the sky during the day:



That blue triggers our eyes...
By Dave Fuller on 9/12/2013 7:53 PM

Around 20 years ago when I got my first "real" telescope, I couldn't wait to do astrophotography. Yes, I knew it was hard, and expensive. But who wouldn't want to take amazing pictures of the night sky for all to see? The beauty of technology is that it's a lot less expensive, and in some cases, not as hard, either. Here's a perfect example: A Starblast 4.5 telescope with a cell phone held up to a 6mm eyepiece at the lens. And I can get this:

Amazing, isn't it?

By Dave Fuller on 9/10/2013 10:14 AM
I am not fond of the "disaster" meme graphics, or the "faux get you outraged" ones either. I tend to ignore them now. So the ones that still can really get me going are the false or misleading astronomy-based ones, like, "Mars will look as big as the Moon!" that comes around every August now (despite having it's closest approach in 2003, and STILL not looking anywhere NEAR as big as the Moon).

Since Friday the 13th gets peoples' superstitious juices flowing, and I feel like being a killjoy about this based on the Mars memes and other stupid ones out there, I made this "pre-buttal" meme for the asteroid 324 Bamberga. It will reach opposition with Earth around Friday, the 13. I know someone will try to make this into something that will get everyone all excited for no reason, so feel free to share / copy / paste / use the meme I made in...
By Dave Fuller on 9/8/2013 8:15 PM

The AAVSO indicated not long after Nova Del 2013 first popped into view that it might be a slow-burner, and be visible for a while. At the time, they said this:

...it appears Nova Del 2013 is a 'slow nova', type NB in VSX. By definition, it takes 150 days or more for a slow nova to....

The Nightlight

This blog includes what to see in the night and daytime skies, thoughts on telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy observing accessories and equipment, plus my own occasional notes on objects I've seen and observed. Oh, and the random theater or other "my take on life" post. In other words, there is always something interesting. Check it out.