Mars Opposition 2020

On Oct 13, 2020 the red planet reached opposition, being just visible after sunset low in the south-eastern sky. This is a favorable one, with Mars being at its closest on October 6 of 38,569, 224 miles, achieving a maximum diameter of 22.56 arc-seconds. The above image was captured with a CPC 11 Celestron using

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Bright New Comet Promises Skywatching Treat in 2013

by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist Date: 30 March 2012 Time: 01:15 PM ET Discovery image of the newfound comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), taken by Hawaii’s Pan-STARRS 1 telescope. CREDIT: Institute for Astronomy/University of Hawaii/Pan-STARRS View full size image A year from now, it is possible that “comet fever” will be running high when a

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Archimedes to Plato

Here is a very beautiful area captured during the last quarter moon  We can see the prominent crater Archimedes on the left with the mountains surrounding it, To the right the crater Plato is conspicuous, nestled within Montes Alpes.  Note the craterlets within Plato and the Alpine Valley nearby. Image by – Al Paslow.

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Possible Daylight Comet in 2013.

Newfound Comet Could Look Spectacular in 2013 by Joe Rao, SPACE.com Skywatching Columnist Date: 25 September 2012 Time: 05:23 PM ET.   This image shows the newfound comet C/2012 (ISON) as seen by the Remanzacco Observatory in Italy. The image, taken by amateur astronomers Ernesto Guido, Giovanni Sostero and Nick Howes, is a confirmation view

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