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Pluto on Pluto Flyby Day

Pluto on Pluto Flyby Day
Here is a shot I snapped of Pluto in the early hours of July 14, 2015, the same day that NASA New Horizons flew past Pluto at its closest point of 7,750 miles. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Messier 15 - The Pegasus Globular

Messier 15 - The Pegasus Globular
Here is a shot I snapped of the Messier 15 globular cluster on June 25, 2015. M15 is found in the constellation Pegasus and is a super old cluster with an estimated age of 12 billion years old. Residing at 33,600 light years distant, M15 has a diameter of 175 light years. The central region of M15 is super bright due to the extreme density of stars potentially orbiting a super massive black hole. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Messier 17 - The Omega / Swan Nebula

Messier 17 - The Omega / Swan Nebula
Here is a stunning shot I captured of Messier 17 - The Omega / Swan Nebula. Messier 17 is a huge star forming nebula (H II region) residing at 5,000 light years distant with a diameter of 15 light years. Similar to the Orion Nebula, M17 has a blue reflection nebula, dark nebula, and red emissions nebula. Messier 17 is found in the constellation Sagittarius. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Saturn at Opposition in 2015

Saturn at Opposition in 2015
I snapped this shot of Saturn on the night of opposition, Saturday May 23rd, when Saturn was on the opposite side of Earth than the Sun. Saturn has been increasing its axial tilt from our point of view with the Summer Solstice (miximum tilt) occuring in May 2017. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Messier 13 - The Great Hercules Cluster

Messier 13 - The Great Hercules Cluster
Here is a shot I snapped of the Messier 13 globular cluster on April 18, 2015. M13 is found in the constellation Hercules and is the most famous globular star clusters visible in the Northern Hemisphere. Being so dense and bright it is, at times, just barely naked eye visible. M96 residing at near 22,300 light years distant and has a diameter of 168 light years. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Messier 92 - The Other Hercules Cluster

Messier 92 - The Other Hercules Cluster
Here is a shot I snapped of the Messier 92 globular cluster on April 19, 2015. M92 is found in the constellation Hercules and is one of the brighter globular star clusters visible in the Northern Hemisphere making it, at times, just barely naked eye visible. M96 residing at near 26,700 light years distant and has a diameter of 109 light years. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Vega, Beautifully Blue

Vega, Beautifully Blue
I often overlook many of the common stars visible in the night sky. Though in taking these stars for granted, I miss out on a chance to capture how beautiful they actually are. This is Vega, the fifth brightest star in Earth's sky. 25 light years distant and 2x the mass of the Sun, Vega is stunningly beautiful. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

The Milky Way Returns to Frosty Drew Observatory on Earth Day

The Milky Way Returns to Frosty Drew Observatory on Earth Day
While watching the 2015 Lyrid Meteor Shower and attempting to capture a few passing meteors I noticed a significant amount of Airglow among the rather thick haze. As the stunning Milky Way rose higher off the horizon my camera started picking up fascinating colors in the haze. Awesome night! I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Messier 5: A Huge Globular Cluster

Messier 5: A Huge Globular Cluster
Messier 5 is one of the larger known globular clusters in the Milky Way galaxy. A spring and summertime object, Messier 5 is found in the constellation Serpens. I snapped this photo at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Antares and the Rho Ophiuchus Cloud Complex

Antares and the Rho Ophiuchus Cloud Complex
As spring moves into New England, so do fabulous views of the bright Milky Way. One morning while waiting for Nova Sagittarius 2015 to rise, I noticed Antares hanging just perfectly in the southern starscape and couldn't pass up the change to capture this shot. I snapped this at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2

Nova Sagittarius 2015 No. 2
On March 15, 2015 a bright Nova became apparent in the constellation Sagittarius. The Nova quickly brightened to magnitude 4.4 by March 21, 2015 and then sharply decreased. I snapped this shot of the Nova on the morning of March 23, 2015 just before pre-dawn at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Venus, Mars, and the 4% Crescent Moon: A Dance

Venus, Mars, and the 4% Crescent Moon: A Dance
On Friday February 20, 2015 the stunning 4% Crescent Moon joined in a fabulous celestial dance with Venus and Mars just above the Western horizon in one of the more breathtaking conjunctions of the year. I snapped this shot during astronomical twilight at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex

The Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
A stunning shot of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex I snapped on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA. The Complex is made up of the M42 (Orion Nebula), M43 (de Mairan's Nebula), NGC 1975 (Running Man), NGC 2024 (Flame Nebula), IC 434 (Horsehead Nebula), M78, IC 2118 (Witches Head Nebula), Barnard's Loop, and more.
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Bode's Galaxies: A Celestial Pairing

Bode's Galaxies: A Celestial Pairing
A subtle image I captured of Bode's Galaxies (M81 & M82) on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA. Messier 82 (The Cigar Galaxy) is at the left with Messier 81 at the right. M82 hosted the fabulous supernova SN 2014j in January 2014. I shot this after an excellent session with Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy!
  • By: Scott MacNeill

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and Seven Sisters

Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy and Seven Sisters
A stunning photo I captured of Comet C/2014 Q2 Lovejoy just West of the Pleiades Open Star Cluster (Messier 45). I captured this view on Friday, January 16, 2015 at Frosty Drew Observatory in Charlestown, Rhode Island, USA. Comet Lovejoy has been a fabulous comet and is lighting up the starscape for sky watchers everywhere!
  • By: Scott MacNeill

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