Of course, I’m referring to Castor and Pollux, who, according to Greek mythology, were twin brothers. Their mother was the Spartan Queen, Leda; Castor was the son of Tyndareus, the king of Sparta, and Pollux the divine son of Zeus. I’ll let you do the research yourself to discover how that came about. Castor and … Continue reading Have You Met the Twins?
On the morning of December 27, 2016, you’ll have the opportunity to view an old moon. The Moon rises in East-Southeast around 5:38 AM EST and is just 2.7% illuminated which means a very thin crescent will be visible. Best viewing time should be around 6:15 AM EST just as dawn breaks. Also, if you … Continue reading Here’s a chance to see a very old Moon
Autumnal Equinox Twice a year Earth undergoes a celestial alignment called an equinox. There are another two similar events called solstice which occur in June and December. The equinox alignments occur in September, the Autumnal Equinox and spring, the Vernal Equinox. In just a few days, Wednesday, September 22, 2016 to be exact, we are … Continue reading Do you know what the Autumn Equinox is all about?
As always, backyard astronomy is convenient but getting out to a darker sky away from buildings, trees and light pollution greatly improves your chances for enjoying the night sky. That having been said, let's take a look at this weeks night sky. Tonight, Sunday, September 4. Facing West - Southwest about 30 minutes after Sunset, … Continue reading Backyard Astronomy September 4-10 2016