Learning the Night Sky: Reference Points and Orienting Yourself

The sky looks different, and appears to move differently when observed from different places on Earth. A crucial first step to learning the sky is figuring out where you are with respect to how things are moving. Once you know this, you’ll be in a position to understand how the sky moves over the course of a night, a few months, and a full year. … Continue reading Learning the Night Sky: Reference Points and Orienting Yourself

Binocular Observing: Saturn

Named after the Roman god of wealth and agriculture, Saturn’s reputation has varied dramatically across cultures, being associated with extreme abundance and misfortune alike. Fortunately, antiquated notions of astrology have largely been dispensed with, and Saturn now enjoys its place as one of the jewels of the night sky, resplendent with its beautiful expansive ice rings. Features Saturn shines with a beautiful golden colour, and … Continue reading Binocular Observing: Saturn

Binocular Observing: Jupiter

Aptly named after the Ancient Roman king of the gods, Jupiter dominates the other planets in stature. It is roughly 1,300 times bigger than the Earth. Its staggering size makes it a promising target for binoculars, in spite of its incredible distance from us. Jupiter’s tempestuous surface is composed almost entirely of gas under extreme pressure, agitated by the Sun, orbital motion, and the planet’s … Continue reading Binocular Observing: Jupiter