September 26, 2017

AstroEvent: Catching the Variations of Beta Lyrae.

For the most part, the heavens beyond the solar system are unchanging throughout a normal human life span. Sure, stars evolve and move about the center of our galaxy, but a student of the universe will scarcely notice this over decades. [Read more...]

Variable Star Observing 101.

An artist’s conception of an accreting binary system. (Credit: NASA).

Bored and looking for something new to do in astronomy? Tired of hauling out that imaging rig you took out a 2nd mortgage for just to see “how M31 looks in my 10-inch SCT tonight?” Let me introduce you to the fun field of variable star observing, an exciting endeavor that you can actually contribute some real science to. But first, a little history; [Read more...]