Throughout human history people have been fascinated by the movements of the stars, planets, moon, and sun. One of the most impressive things for these ancient humans to witness were eclipses. Both of the sun and of the moon. A Solar Eclipse happens when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking its light. […]

The Phases of The Moon

One of the most prominent features of the night sky is our Moon. The way the Moon looks constantly changes in a predictable pattern. We call these changes phases. What are the phases of the moon, and what causes them? There are eight phases of the moon, and they are: New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First […]

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

If you were to look up in the sky tonight, chances are you may see the planet Jupiter. If you have a low powered telescope it is even possible that you might see the planet’s great red spot, or eye. This jovian “superstorm” has been raging for at least 350 years. The jupiter hurricane is […]

Types of Telescopes

  RADIO Radio telescopes detect noise from radio wavelengths in space. It turns out that objects in space give off radio noise. These telescopes are able to listen to all this noise and process it into information for researchers to study. A radio telescope can produce a picture from an object it is listening to […]

Telescope Timeline

Here is a look at some of the major milestones in the advancement of telescopes through the last four centuries. The 1600s 1608  — Hans Lippershey, a German-Dutch lensmaker once said that he wanted to make an instrument “for seeing things far away as they were nearby.” He was the first person to ever think […]

Introduction To Telescopes

Humans have been studying the night sky since the beginning of time. Different civilizations had their own beliefs and their own way of mapping the stars in the sky. They would build large structures and monuments that would line up with the stars at certain times of the year. These were their calendars. They followed […]