Observing Alert: Watch the Moon Cross the Hyades This Week

by David Dickinson March 31, 2014

A photogenic grouping greets evening sky watchers this week providing a fine teaser leading up to a spectacular eclipse. On the evening of Thursday, April 3rd headed into the morning of the 4th, the waxing crescent Moon crosses in front of the Hyades open star cluster. ┬áThis is the V-shaped asterism that marks the head […]

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Hubble Observes Planet-“Polluted” Dead Stars In Hyades

by Tammy Plotner May 10, 2013

For those of us who practice amateur astronomy, we’re very familiar with the 150 light-year distant Hyades star cluster – one of the jewels in the Taurus crown. We’ve looked at it countless times, but now the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken its turn observing and spotted something astronomers weren’t expecting – the debris […]

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Weekly SkyWatcher’s Forecast: November 12-18, 2012

by Tammy Plotner November 11, 2012

Greetings, fellow SkyWatchers! While we might have to contend with the Moon again, it’s still going to be a very exciting week because the Leonid Meteor Shower is back in town! The beginning of the week brings on the Pegasid meteors and we can all use a “warm up”! There’s plenty of things to do, […]

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