Category | Observing

By Georgia on April 14, 2012 in

Astronomers are a determined bunch—especially the amateurs. In pursuit of dark, starry skies–and possibly the best view ever of the Whirlpool Galaxy–they drive for miles to escape city lights. They endure cold, hunger, and the occasional wild animal as they try to bag another deep sky object. Fervently hoping and praying that the clouds or […]

By StarStryder on January 29, 2012 in

Measuring the size of the Solar System is remarkably hard. We can’t just roll out a tape measure and check our numbers twice. We can’t even just use the surveyor’s parallax method on any old day of the week. Until the advent of the laser and radar, the only way we could measure distances was to […]