The Nightly News
An Astronomy blog by Joe Bauman, Salt Lake City
Blog 2: The Orion Nebula
Joe Bauman
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  1. Blog 14: Bigger is better
    27 Apr, 2017
    Blog 14: Bigger is better
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  2. Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    17 Apr, 2017
    Blog 13: The Garden of Enceladus
    The news last week from Saturn’s moon Enceladus was thrilling. The possibility of life elsewhere in the solar system suddenly seems highly plausible. Less than two years ago, scientists of the Cassini-Huygens project announced that the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn had found evidence that Enceladus has an ice-covered ocean that envelops the little moon. It was discovered through analyzing the moon’s wobble, which was different from what it would have been if Enceladus were solid. The motion
  3. Blog 12: Galaxies
    07 Apr, 2017
    Blog 12: Galaxies
    For my subspecies of astronomer -- amateur, galaxy-obsessed -- spring is the best time of the year. This is galaxy season in the northern hemisphere. Awe-inspiring groups of the great star conglomerations swing into the fields of our telescopes. Once again, the nearby Virgo Cluster of 1,000-plus members presents an amazing collection of spiral and elliptical galaxies, while the far more distant Coma Cluster and its 10,000, many of them dwarf ellipticals, pose nicely for photography. And if good
  4. Blog 11: The Home observatory-plus
    27 Mar, 2017
    Blog 11: The Home observatory-plus
    Tonight is cloudy and wet, here in the Salt Lake City area. Scanning the astronomy discussion site, cloudynights.com, you come across an exciting announcement: a bright supernova has erupted in a galaxy that is well-placed in the night sky. You’re itching to photograph this cosmic catastrophe -- but the weather here is abominable. Checking the Utah charts section of the cleardarksky.com web site, you find that for this night alone, southern Utah has a nice clear break in the weather, but the