Messier Objects

Comets
Comets
Comets Have you ever looked up in the sky and seen a little ball creeping by? If so, did you wonder what it was? That little ball is called a comet. Comets are small, fragile, and irregularly shaped. Most are composed of frozen gas. However, some are composed of frozen gas and non-volatile grains. They usually follow very strict paths around the sun. Comets become most visible when they cross the sun. This also applies to people who view comets with telescopes. When a comet gets near the sun it
The Hale Bopp Comet
The Hale Bopp Comet
The Hale Bopp Comet As I am sure all of you know, we have recently been able to see a new but not permanent additon to the night sky. This addition is known as Hale-Bopp, a comet that is about 122 million miles (about 1.3 times the distance of the sun to the earth) from the earth and is approximately 25 miles wide. Hale-Bopp was discovered on July 23,1995 by two scientists named Alan Hale in New Mexico and Thomas Bopp in Arizona. This is the first discovery for both of them, although Alan Hale i
Astronomy Report
Astronomy Report
Astronomy Report Observing Night April 1, 2003 When someone desides that they want to look up in the sky at the shiny object there are many thing that a person might need. To begin with a map of the sky is a good idea. They come in all shapes and sizes. The Planisphere is a circle that comes in many sizes, and shows the brightess stars in the sky. There are also computer programs that can be used such as starry night backyard and starry night pro. A messier catalog is also a useful tool in obse