About The Webb The James Webb Space Telescope (sometimes called JWST or Webb) will be a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October of 2018. JWST will be the premier observatory of the next decade, serving thousands of astronomers […]Read more "James Webb Space Telescope Will Be The Next Generation Space Telescope"
Every wonder just how big the Milky Way galaxy really is? In the late 1920s, astronomers thought all of the stars in the universe were contained inside of the Milky Way. It wasn’t until Edwin Hubble discovered a special star known as a Cepheid variable, which allowed him to precisely measure distances, that astronomers realized […]Read more "Milky Way Galaxy: How Big Is Our Galactic Home?"
On August 27, 2016, the sky’s two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will stage the year’s closest conjunction of two planets. Venus and Jupiter engage in their closest conjunction in nearly a half a century. This Saturday night, make plans to get a clear view of the western horizon in order to see a celestial […]Read more "Venus-Jupiter conjunction Aug 27"
If you’ve never seen Jupiter up close under a telescope you’re really missing out on something spectacular. It is now late August and Jupiter can only be seen in the western sky just after sunset. However, a few months ago Jupiter was visible directly above the southern sky making it very easy to see with […]Read more "Why Jupiter is the coolest object in the night sky"