Tiny Mercury and Goliath Sun

We got a good view of the transit from the parking deck of my office in Atlanta. Lots of folks came out to take a look and the clouds were mostly thin. There were several “wows” from viewers which is something that amateur astronomers strive for but also...

Mercury transit Monday morning

Monday morning starting around 7:30 and lasting until 1:10, Mercury will cross the face of the Sun as seen from Earth. Some of you may recall when we viewed the last Venus transit from the helicopter pad back in June of 2012. While Venus transits are relatively rare...
How to see 60 satellites!

How to see 60 satellites!

You may have heard about the launch of 60 test satellites by SpaceX on their Falcon 9 last week. They eventually plan to have several thousand low earth orbit satellites providing Internet access to underserved parts of the world. For the next few days you can see...

A late, cold lunar eclipse

I am sure you have heard there will be a total lunar eclipse on the evening of the 20th and morning of the 21st. Unlike a total solar eclipse when a precise alignment causes the moon’s shadow to fall on the Earth, a lunar eclipse is a more common occurrence when...

2017 Solar Eclipse – one year later

One year ago BMP, mother nature and good friends came together for a celebration we will not forget. I have lost count of the number of times folks have told me that seeing the solar eclipse changed their lives – it certainly changed mine. Its an experience I...