Feb 11

Sky Report: February 13-19

This is the last time I’ll mention Comet C/2022 E3 which is still visible to binoculars and telescopes in the evening sky. This week it moves southward through Taurus, passing just 1½° from Aldebaran and the Hyades Star Cluster on Valentine’s Day. It’ll remain visible for weeks and months to come, depending on your equipment […]

Feb 8

Comet ZTF Visits Mars on Feb 10!

This Friday evening from 8 PM to 10 PM, SVO will set up a couple of telescopes at the Sand Caves parking area off US-89 north of Kanab to provide everyone a chance to observe Comet C2023 E3 (ZTF) as it whizzes past the planet Mars! On that night, the two celestial objects will be […]

Feb 4

Sky Report: February 6 – 12

I hope everybody got a good look at Comet C/2022 E3 while it was at its brightest – while it was visible to the naked eye under a dark sky – because now it has left the earth and sun behind and is heading back to the depths of space. If you haven’t see it, […]

Jan 29

Sky Report: January 30 – February 5

Here’s more on the “green” comet presently in the evening sky. Comet C/2022 E3 passed closest to the sun (103 million miles) on January 12 and to the earth (26 million miles) on February 1, and then it begins to fade. At best it was *barely* visible to the naked eye under the darkest of […]

Jan 21

Sky Report: January 23 – 29

“Green” Comet C/2022 E3 continues to lead the astronomy news, and this is a good week to look for it before the moon becomes too bright around the 27th and remains bright for about 10 days. The good news is that the comet just moved from the morning sky to the evening sky and you […]

Jan 16

SVO Newsletter – Vol. 4, Number 1 – January, 2023

A Look at Stellar Vista Observatory achievements for 2022 After an extended withdrawal from public engagement due to the Covid 19 pandemic, SVO resumed its outreach activities, delivering 12 free public star parties from February through November. To steer clear of Covid from 2020 through 2021, SVO developed two outstanding ongoing projects; 1) our Weekly […]

Jan 14

Sky Report: January 16 – 22

Comet C/2022 E3 should be bright enough to spot with binoculars and possibly even the unaided eye. It made its closest approach to the sun last week and it will be closest to the earth in two weeks, so now and for the next few weeks it’ll be as bright as it will get. Predictions […]

Jan 7

Sky Report: January 9 – 15

It’s notoriously hard to predict the brightness of a comet far in advance as each one has its own composition, orbit, and characteristics, but there’s an excellent chance that a comet discovered less than a year ago will become bright enough to see with binoculars, certainly with a small telescope, and possibly even to the […]

Jan 2

Sky Report: January 2-8, 2023

Venus is slowly returning to the evening sky after a long sojourn behind the sun. It passed Mercury last week, and this winter and spring it’ll pass, in turn, Saturn (January 22), Neptune (February 14 and 15), Jupiter (March 5), Uranus (March 29 and 30), and it will almost catch Mars in late June; plus […]