Neowise Over Plumas Lake

On July 13th 2020 I captured this image of Comet Neowise setting to the West at 9:15 pm. Canon 6d – 15 second exposure – 1250 ISO – 50mm lense C/2020 F3 or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020, by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission […]

Send your name to Mars!

Go Flight – Mars 2020

Send your name to Mars! NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover is heading to the Red Planet. Submit your name by Sept. 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. ET, and fly along!  

Beam Your Message to New Horizons

Beam’ a Greeting to New Horizons!

Team to Transmit Messages to the Spacecraft During New Year’s Flyby in the Kuiper Belt NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 13 years to reach the heart of the Kuiper Belt – but you can get there in a matter of hours! In 2005, more than 430,000 people signed up online to place their names […]

Binary Star Research

Astrometric Measurement of WDS 03117

I am pleased to present this paper that I co-authored with two teachers and submitted to JDSO this year as part of the Boyce Astro program. Hilde van den Bergh1, Chris Olivas2, Jerry Hilburn3 Mentor, BEWiSE, Fleet Science Center, San Diego, California, USA. Chris Olivas, High Tech Middle School, San Marcos, California, USA. Epsilon Orion […]

Courtesy of S&T: Gregg Dinderman

Asteroid TB145 Movie

Friday night I started calibration and testing of the imaging system at 8PM. By 10pm I was ready to start taking data on the Halloween Asteroid. When I first moved the scope into position and started shooting I tried a series of 60 second shots, then 30 second, then 10 second shots. The challenge was […]


JSF Photo – The Trifid

The summer sky never disappoints us, especially the jeweled region of the southern Milky Way. Rising up out of steam from the pot of Sagittarius we find one sparkly pretty after another. Here I present to you a nebula known as The Trifid. I shot this using a 8″ f/4 TPO Newtonian with a Canon […]

First Ever: AP Euro Stargazing Event

By:  Taylor Menconi, Copy Editor The sky is no longer the limit for Mr. Prodan’s AP European History classes. On Monday, Feb. 9, the AP Euro students and their families visited Charter after school hours from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to star-gaze with NASA Ambassador Jerry Hilburn, who was invited by Mr. Prodan. “Since we’ve […]

The Most Astounding Fact

Neil DeGrasse Tyson born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Best viewed Full Screen “To Build A Home” Cinematic Orchestra There is a house built out of […]


A Low Cost Space Lane to Mars

Down the road a bit, we Earthlings will become Marslings. Before the first colony is  established on Mars quite a bit of work will be done to prepare the way for the first settlers . Currently there are thousands of really bright people working on the challenges of reaching Mars. A recent article on ArXiv (at the Cornell […]