Appenine Mountain Range
Observing

The Night Sky This Month: March 2016

February 28, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Over the past few months, star-gazers have been treated to the striking winter constellations, whose main attraction is Orion, and whose entourage includes Canis Major, Canis Minor, Gemini, Auriga, and Taurus. Take time to enjoy […]

Star Facts: Capella
Stars

Star Facts: Capella

February 26, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Capella is a yellow star located in the constellation of Auriga, and is also the sixth most luminous star in the whole night sky. Meaning “small female goat” in Latin, Capella may appear as a […]

Star Constellation Facts: Centaurus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Centaurus

February 25, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Centaurus is the ninth largest constellation, and takes up an area of 1,060 square degrees of the southern hemisphere night sky, where it can be seen by any observer located between +25° and -90°of latitude. […]

The Backyard Astronomer's Guide
Book Reviews

The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide

February 24, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Terence Dickinson is considered to be one of the leading writer of astronomy books for amateurs. His first book, Nightwatch, is amongst the best beginners guides to astronomy ever written, and is still considered a […]

The Babylonians and Geometric Astronomy
Astronomy History

The Babylonians and Geometric Astronomy

February 24, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Historians have long known that ancient civilizations had an interest in outer space, but have held that it wasn’t until the Europeans began seriously studying heavenly bodies during the 14th century that planets were accurately […]

Star Constellation Facts: Boötes
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Boötes

February 23, 2016 Peter Christoforou 0

Boötes, representing a “herdsman” or “ploughman”, is a distinctly kite-shaped constellation that can be seen in the night sky by observers located between +90° and -50° of latitude. It  is the 13th biggest constellation in […]

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