By: Janette Waldron
The term “ Blue Moon” is said to have been a colloquial expression long before it developed its calendrical meaning. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the very first reference to a blue moon was noted in a proverb which was recorded back in 1528...
Choosing an observing site for urban stargazing
By: Janette Waldron
Stargazing is so diverse depending on the chosen location. Out in the open plains one will be privy to seeing the night sky lit up like the proverbial Christmas tree. On the other hand, urban dwellers will have the tendency to think the night skies...
By: Mo Bruce
Comets orbit around in space in reasonably predictable fashion. Prior to stargazing software, the tracking of a particular comet meant you had study the astronomy publications to find the various published comet positions. These positions, known as an ephemeris would give you the comet positions...
Viewing techniques for urban stargazing
By: Carole Somerville
Despite there being hundreds of millions of stars in our galaxy, there are many places on earth where people cannot see these twinkling pin-pricks of light from their homes. Two thirds of American cities, for instance, cannot see the Milky Way from their backyards, according...
Resources for urban stargazers
By: Carole Somerville
Ever since ancient times, man has looked to the stars for guidance and inspiration. Stars played a role in religious and spiritual ceremonies, early astronomers grouped the stars into constellations and the constellations were named. Travellers on land and sea would use the stars for...
Factors that impact the visibility of a comet
By: Carole Somerville
Composed mainly of frozen debris and gases left over from the formation of the solar system, as comets approach the earth these icy pieces are heated by the warmth of the Sun, releasing the gases within. These freed gases and dust particles will catch the...
Exploring the theory that time does not exist
By: Thundax
Before I begin, please don't attempt to discredit, discard, ignore, or somehow invalidate anything I'm about to say before you think long and hard about it. I ask only one thing of you. Open your mind to other potentials. Open your mind to other viewpoints...
Equipment needed for urban stargazing
By: Janette Waldron
Urban stargazing can be such fun. But your enjoyment can be hindered by intrusive light pollution which comes from many sources. Street lights, car parks, floodlights from football and other sports stadiums, shops and shopping centres. Each and every little hint of errant light greatly...
How to make a salt map mixture for 3D maps
By: Darlene Michaud
Salt map mixture is used to make hills and valleys on a topographical map or 3D map. It's an excellent mixture to use for school science projects. You can also use this salt map mixture for making box dioramas. Below are two salt map mixture...
Tips for learning the constellations
By: Carole Somerville
Mythology influenced the naming of many celestial bodies including the constellations and the names of the main constellations have changed little since ancient times. Star patterns within the constellations will always stay the same as, like the Sun, they move across the sky, from east...

 

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