June 7, 2020

Astro-Event of the Week; March 2nd-8th, 2009; Hind’s Crimson Star.

The astro-challenge for this week is a very special sort of variable star… I give you Hind’s Crimson Star in the constellation Lepus, the Hare. Looking for something unique to impress folks with at the next star party? Carbon stars are the sure ticket for oohs and ahhs! [Read more...]

The Contributions of Amateur Astronomers to Modern Science

(Author’s note; the essay below was a paper submitted recently by yours truly as part of my quest for a bachelors degree in science teaching. I’ve posted it here pretty much intact. Some explanations on the graphs have been expanded; I thought it was a shame for all of my research on the subject to go to waste. The bibliography is also included.)

Today, the modern science of astronomy is growing like never before. New technologies are opening up unseen vistas scarcely imagined just twenty years ago. [Read more...]