You may have read some news reports about Comet Lovejoy. It is currently at its brightest, but still not bright enough to see with the naked eye in Chicago’s urban sky, but… If you have a pair of binoculars, you might be able to spot the comet any time between now and the end of… Read More Comet Lovejoy?
Spacecraft Observing Comet ISON Comet ISON is approaching the sun, and while it is doing so, various NASA spacecraft are now able to image it. The comet’s closest approach to the sun happens on Thanksgiving Day!
This Sunday night (into early Monday morning) and the following Monday night (into early Tuesday morning) will be the best opportunities to see the annual Perseid Meteor Shower. What is a meteor shower? When the Earth in its orbit passes through dust left over from a comet, some of that dust enters the atmosphere and… Read More Skywatching: August 11-13 (Meteor Shower)
Here is a recently released Hubble Telescope image of Comet ISON. For more, see HubbleSite.
This November, recently discovered Comet ISON could become a spectacular sight in the sky–or it could be barely visible to the naked eye like March’s Comet PANSTARRS. NASA recently released a new photo of the comet, still far away from the sun. (via io9)
Last night (Wednesday, March 13), I went looking for Comet PanSTARRS. If ever I was going to find it, last night was the night. It was the first clear day we had in Chicago in about a week; the beautiful crescent moon was shining and pointing the way to the comet; and I had a… Read More No Comet for Me