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Andromeda and Triangle

There are two galaxies on northern sky visible by naked eye: Andromeda M31 and and Triangle M33. Related links: 1:β Andromedae AKA Mirach region, 2:M31 AND M33 AS SEEN FROM CENTRAL PA, 3:GAUGING LIGHT POLLUTION: THE BORTLE DARK-SKY SCALE, 4:THE EYES HAVE IT — DEEP-SKY OBSERVING WITHOUT EQUIPMENT, 5:DEEP-SKY OBSERVING WITHOUT EQUIPMENT, PART II — THE WINTER SKY, 6:HOW DARK […]
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Frontenac 11/6

Visitors of the Frontenac State Park had on Saturday November 6 opportunity to see celestial object through telescopes. There were three stations with telescopes on parking loop in short distance from beautiful overlook. People could watch sliver only four days old Moon above southwest horizon not so far from brilliant Venus. On South were shining Jupiter and Saturn. And of […]
N Cas 2021
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Nova Cas 2021

A bright nova ignited in the constellation Cassiopeia, which is also available in the binoculars. The current brightness is around 7.8 mag (March 19, 2021) and still is getting brighter. Nova was given the designation Nova Cas 2021. It can be found close to the M52. The flare of the nova discovered Japanese Yuji Nakamura March 18, 2021 as an […]
Solstice sunrise above Root River Park
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Solstice December 21, 2020 sunrise

On Monday December 21, 2020 at 10:02 UTC (4:02 AM CST) Sun has reached the southernmost point in the Earth sky. Picture shows sunrise above Root River Park, even though sky was mostly cloudy. There was a surprise on the opposite side of the horizon in form of Sun dog, something rare to see.
Morning Mercury under Moon
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Morning Mercury

Weather permitting, second half of the November is a good time to see Mercury on East horizon before sunrise! To spot Mercury can be difficult. On Friday November 13 2020 it was actually very easy. Mercury was visible under sliver of the Moon between two trees, as you can see on picture taken at 5:52 AM (exposure 1.3s, ISO 800). […]
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The Most Astounding Fact

By Mitchel Medvec The video idea came from a day when I was incredibly bored, sitting on my couch during quarantine watching astrophotography videos on youtube. I have always had an incredible interest in astronomy and the cosmos in general, which is why I am currently majoring in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota. It wasn’t until I started this […]
Comet NEOWISE
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Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise seen early July

There is bright comet on the morning sky! On Friday July 3rd I went to the Root River Park, but stopped my car immediately after turn from County Rd 1 SE on 80th St SE. Above East horizon there was rising Auriga with bright Capella on left side and bright Morning star – Venus on the right side. At 4:31 […]
Constellation Canis Major at Oxbow
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Winter Sky above Oxbow

On Friday February 28 the Rochester Astronomy Club hosted Public Sky Observing at Oxbow Park. It was a nice winter day, that turned into beautiful evening for observing. This public event started at 6:30 PM and several RAC members provided telescopes. Tables and chairs were also setup inside the visitor center so observers could warm up and see presentations by […]
Mercury and Venus
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Evening Mercury

The first three weeks of February 2020 there is good chance to spot elusive planet Mercury on the evening sky. Mercury is the innermost planet and doesn’t go far from Sun. This time of year Mercury can be seen on the evening sky about half hour after sunset. High above southwest horizon, there is also visible much brighter planet Venus. […]
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Moon at ZooDazzle

Friday December 6 was again night of the Public Sky Observing. This time was at Oxbow Park also ZooDazzle, hosted by a non-profit organization the Friends of Oxbow. It is a fundraiser for Zollman Zoo. This annual event is designed to get families out to the zoo at evening to see about 200,000 lights, which Park is decorated with, animals, […]