Meteor shower tonight

Assuming we get a break from the long pattern of clouds and rain, tonight will be a good time to see some meteors. There are three different showers with normally modest rates along with a new moon. More info here .

Planets before dawn

If you can find a place with a good view of the eastern horizon check out the amazing view of all the naked eye visible planets in a chance alignment in order from Mercury to Saturn.

Horsehead and Flame nebula in Orion

We had a couple of clear nights with a late rising moon this week so I was able to get a couple of hours of exposure on these famous deep sky objects. They are visible through binoculars or a small telescope but the eye can’t see colors in very dim images. These...

Orion Nebula

I took a quick black & white image of Orion during a very brief interval of clear skies Thursday night. I posted it on Astrobin – a popular site for astrophotographers to share images. You can click here to see it along with annotations that Astrobin...

A Christmas comet

Ken and I have been trying to grab photos of Comet C/2021 A1 (Leonard) over the past week and finally had success last night. In case you have not heard, comet Leonard is a very long period comet and only circles the Sun about every 80,000 years. It was discovered by...