Category Archives: Solar System

Posts regarding the solar system

Jupiter Picture from a Web Cam

Some of the best pictures of solar system objects are made by stacking frames from a web cam video. The picture of Jupiter below was made by stacking over 1,800 frames of video taken by a Stella Vue web cam at … Continue reading

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What a lunar eclipse! (too bad it was cloudy)

As you might know, the weather did not cooperate for our planned observing session of the total lunar eclipse. What was also unusual was that this eclipse occurred on the night of the winter solstice (the longest night of the … Continue reading

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Geminid Meteor Shower – a warmer method to observe!

The Geminid meteor shower is about as good of a meteor show as the Perseids are but happens in the cold of winter. It peaked this year at about 2 AM on December 14th while the temperature was sub-zero. Being … Continue reading

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Say Goodbye to Comet Hartley

As some of you may know, there has been another comet passing near the Earth on its periodic orbital path. It is known as a “short period” comet because it completes one orbit around the sun about every 6 years. … Continue reading

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A Whirlwind Tour of the Solar System

I received a phone call from Mike Paquette on Saturday July 24th. He told me that he thought that it might be possible to observe all of the planets in the solar system all in a few hours in one … Continue reading

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Fun with Astrometrics! and a Near Earth Object

As some of you may know, I have recently been experimenting with the capability of our observatory equipment to accurately measure the position of objects in the telescope camera images. Things outside of our solar system don’t change position much, … Continue reading

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Eclipses! Saturday Presentation

This Saturday, March 13 at 7 PM Greg Buchwald will give a talk entitled “A Dozen Years of Chasing the Shadow: Observing Solar Eclipses”  As always, the event is free and open to the public — please join us!  Greg … Continue reading

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Things Passing In Front Of Other Things. . . Part I

We often speak of the stars as being fixed in the heavens or refer to their motion only in vast time scales compared to our lifetimes.  But the things that truly pique our interest in astronomy involve movement.  The planets, for … Continue reading

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Fun Imaging Jupiter

On Thursday night, 9/10/09, Mike Paquette and Randy Buchwald tried some webcam imaging of Jupiter using the Harken 12” scope. A webcam is the same thing that you might have attached to your PC for Skype video contacts. While it … Continue reading

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