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Billie’s Blog – Magnitude

Magnitude – N. A reference to the brightness of an object in the night sky. 2,300 years ago when the Greeks looked up in the night sky, they described the brightest stars they saw as First magnitude. The faintest stars they could make out they described as Sixth magnitude. The rest fell somewhere in between. […]

Why You Need a Sky Atlas

A New Telescope This Christmas? During the Christmas season we are often asked our opinion about the best beginner telescopes for a Christmas gift. There are a great many good quality telescopes on the market now at reasonable prices so it is not too difficult to get a reasonably capable instrument. In truth, however, there […]

International Astronomy Day – April 29, 2017

International Astronomy Day is observed twice each year by astronomers across the world. Local astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories, and other groups sponsor public events each spring and fall to help newcomers make connections at all levels. The event is also intended to foster public awareness of astronomy and all of the sciences associated with it […]