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Observing

The Night Sky This Month: February 2017

January 30, 2017 James Miller 0

February brings the opportunity to observe Orion and the more than dozen winter time constellations that surround it, as well as the planet Venus looking stunningly bright shortly after sunset, and a little above it […]

CIA Declassified Files Include UFO Sightings
News & Events

CIA Declassified Files Include UFO Sightings

January 20, 2017 James Miller 0

The CIA has finally caved in to demands made by freedom of information campaigners, including a lawsuit brought against it by MuckRock, and released around 930,000 declassified files. These include those related to UFO sightings […]

Star Constellation Facts: Circinus
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Circinus

January 19, 2017 James Miller 0

Circinus (“the compass”) commemorates the drawing instrument used by navigators, and is one of 14 southern sky constellations created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in the 18th century. The constellation is circumpolar, with […]

Star Constellation Facts: Antlia
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Antlia

January 16, 2017 James Miller 0

Antlia is a faint southern sky constellation that was created by French astronomer Abbé Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his 1751–52 expedition to South Africa. The constellation’s brightest star is Alpha Antliae, an orange giant […]

Star Constellation Facts: Crater
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Crater

January 15, 2017 James Miller 0

Crater (“the cup”) is one of the original constellations first recorded by Greek astronomer Ptolemy in his astronomical treatise called Almagest around 150 AD. This southern constellation is rather faint with its brightest star, Labrum, […]

Star Constellation Facts: Puppis
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Puppis

January 13, 2017 James Miller 0

Puppis (“the stern”) is one of 14 southern hemisphere constellations created by the French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his South African expedition of 1751–52. Its brightest star is Naos, a blue supergiant found […]

Star Constellation Facts: Pyxis
Star Constellations

Star Constellation Facts: Pyxis

January 12, 2017 James Miller 0

Pyxis is a faint southern constellation that was one of 14 created by French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his 1751-52 stay in South Africa. It depicts a mariner’s magnetic compass, but this small […]

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