The Eclipse Is Coming! Get Ready!

In 3 days the first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 will be upon us. This will be for most people living in the US a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now, most of us don’t know what to expect or what we are going to see during the eclipse and perhaps you are not sure of why this is happening.

Mars: Not the place I want to visit.

The latest news about Mars is that traces of water were found on the planet and that there are real plans to send people there in the 2030s. However, as much as I love the cosmos I definitely don’t want to actually travel there. NASA has also released a series of “space tourism” posters to get the public…

Flashback Friday: Arecibo Observatory Puerto Rico

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, my parents took me to the Arecibo Observatory Visitor Center in Puerto Rico. That visit really made an impression on me. Ever since then I have been really interested in the Cosmos. In 2011 I took a family vacation to visit Puerto Rico and again visit the Arecibo…

The Moon and Jupiter side by side in the night sky.

Tonight’s moon had a companion. It was Jupiter! the largest of all the planets in our solar system and one of the brightest stars in the night sky. I took advantage of the clear view and clear skies to take photos.

Five Planet Alignment 2016

Back on January 24th, there was an event at the Seminole State College Florida. To view all five naked-eye planets, all visible at once in the early morning. It was one of the coldest mornings in a long, long time. I think it was something like 32 degrees. Now, if you are from or have lived in…

January 2016 Night Sky Photos

In tonight’s post, I will be sharing a series of night sky photos that were taken in January 2016. The astrophotos were taken with my Canon EOS Rebel DSLR on a small inexpensive tripod. The first photo was taken late one Friday night after getting home from my sister’s college graduation. The sky was really…

Hello Wisconsin! (cue That 70’s Show theme song)

Apparently, Northern Wisconsin is a great place for astrophotography. Just look at the photo my friend sent me recently. Photo by Michael Carter “The trouble with this picture is—we don’t know what we are looking at!”  

Planetary alignment in the morning: Venus and the Moon

Waking up is hard to do. A few days ago, I learned the planets would be visible one hour before sunrise. However, waking up is more challenging than staying up late. I also hoped it would not be overcast or foggy like it has been for a while, making it impossible to get any good…

My friends take astro-photos too!

I have friends, from different parts of the U.S.A and the world. Some of my friends (and lots of other people I’ve met) have a photography hobby or it is actually a source of income for them. Sometimes when they are not taking pictures of trees or some other random subject, they take pictures of…