Meteors Tonight!

Don’t forget to go out after midnight and check out the Perseid Meteor shower. Its one of the best of the year and the moon sets early. The peak of the shower is very broad so try to see them the next night if clouds interfere. We went out around 2:00 AM this...

RSS Readers

If you want to keep track of new postings at Dogstar Observatory you might want to consider using a RSS reader. Some browsers like Firefox and Chrome have them built in or you can use free Web-based readers like Feedly or Digg. Using RSS you can follow postings on...

April Skies

The planets are still giving us a fine show this month. Nothing quite as spectacular as the conjunction of the Moon, Jupiter and Venus but there is still time to get great views of Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter this month. Venus is still the brightest object in the...

March Skies

All hail the God of War! To the Romans Mars celebrated Mars in the month of March (Martius in Latin) root of many military words including martial. This month he reigns again as Mars reaches opposition (directly opposite the Earth on the same side of the Sun) and peak...

Another beautiful Balsam rainbow

Since its cloudy and rainy today, I have been updating the photo album. This double rainbow taken on October 18th after a late afternoon rain shower. Lots of folks on the mountain reported seeing it as well. It was almost in the same location as the one I took last...

ISS Over Atlanta

We have been in Atlanta the past couple of weeks but that has not stopped my sky gazing and occasional photography. This is a 6 second time exposure of the International Space Station (ISS) passing over the city. I wanted to capture it along with the skyline but the...