By Dave Fuller on 8/25/2014 9:35 AM
When looking at planetarium software for objects I discuss in weekly Eyes on the Sky videos, I often see interesting objects I wouldn't necessarily find if I were looking for them in the night sky. That is because I am usually looking at the software with a wider field of view than I can usually see through an eyepiece. In addition, this summer has been absolutely terrible for observing where I am located; some forest fires up in Canada coupled with weather systems that keep a near constant cirrus-to-full-stratus-cloud cover has made it hard to get much good observing accomplished.

So while looking for the appropriate star hop waypoints to find Neptune in the sky, I noticed there were some interesting sights nearby to the last landmark - ummm... skymark? - to reach Neptune, Sigma Aquarii. Now that star itself has a bit of an interesting look to it, what with a triangle...
By Dave Fuller on 1/5/2014 9:50 PM
The asteroid 3 Juno is zipping pretty quickly through Aquarius right now. It is fairly faint, reflecting sunlight at just magnitude 9.5 or so. So you'll need to look early after it gets dark, but before this constellation drops too far into the thicker portion of the atmosphere in the west. Look for the faint glow of Juno zipping past Neptune for a few days this week - watch the animation below to see how quickly

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.