2018 Backyard Astronomy Events: Conjunction, Partial Solar Eclipse, Meteor Showers & More

Put on your space helmet and let’s explore the night sky. A variety of astronomical wonders can be observed during 2018. Host your own meteor shower party, or schedule some time to photograph an astronomical conjunction. Mars is also getting ready to wage war—do you have what it takes to survive the battle? Arm yourselfContinue reading “2018 Backyard Astronomy Events: Conjunction, Partial Solar Eclipse, Meteor Showers & More”

Venus: Never Trust a Cloudy Planet

Never trust a cloudy planet—cosmic secrecy haunts inquisitive minds. Sparks of ideas electrify nonsensical thoughts, as they rise from the dark depths of our evolutionary bewilderment. We are hardwired to fill in the gaps with silly putty. Spark that lighter, ignite the wick, and straddle that damn bottle rocket: we’re going to hell Venus. UglyContinue reading “Venus: Never Trust a Cloudy Planet”

Shooting for Venus: A Perspective on Planetary Photography

  Venus is the goddess of beauty, so it’s only natural that you want photograph her. Oh. Wait. We’re talking about the planet. Nevermind. Venus (the planet) is a -4.6 magnitude object, and it’s about 18x brighter than Sirius, which is the brightest star in the night sky! In other words…Venus is pretty damn bright!Continue reading “Shooting for Venus: A Perspective on Planetary Photography”