Astronomy

Cancer

Cancer

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Cancer, the Crab, is a mid-sized constellation that lies just east of Gemini and just west of Leo. Cancer is made up solely of dim stars, and its shape is...

Gemini

Gemini

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive M35 and NGC 2158. Photo © Scott Rosen. Gemini, the twins, lies northeast of Orion along the band of the Milky Way. The most obvious part of Gemini is the...

In Our Skies, March 2024

In Our Skies, March 2024

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive March 14 Pleiades is very close to the moon—less than 2 degrees.March 24 Mercury is at its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun. Look for it low in...

The Ruler of the Night

The Ruler of the Night

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive The Moon definitely gets our attention as the ruler of the night. It overrules the dimmer sky objects when it comes out in full brightness. It also rules...

To Photograph An Eclipse

To Photograph An Eclipse

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Solar eclipse. Photo © Choosakdi Kabyubon|Dreamstime.com. I visualize several groups of solar eclipse observers. One group makes no effort to photograph...

Orion

Orion

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. Orion, the Hunter, is one of the most well-known constellations in the night sky. Most of its popularity comes from the fact that it is made up...

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Favorite Focus, February 2024

Horsehead Nebula. Photo © Kevin & Adrian Shank. While the Orion Nebula is by far the most fascinating target in Orion, when it comes to photography, the Flame, Horsehead, and these other...

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Favorite Focus, January 2024

Nebraska sunset. Photo © David Miller. Last quarter moon. Photo © Britney Martin. Black-capped Chickadee. Photo © John Leck. Horned Lark. Photo © Weston Martin. Photo © Josiah...

Perseus

Perseus

Double Cluster, NGC 869 & NGC 884. Photo © Boris Stromar|Dreamstime.com. To the ancient Greeks, the stars of Perseus represented a hero. To me, this constellation bears little resemblance to a...

End of the Trail, January 2024: Orion Nebula

End of the Trail, January 2024: Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula (M42) and Running Man Nebula (NGC 1977). The Orion Nebula is one of the most splendid nebulas to enjoy through a telescope. While our eyes see a bluish white nebula, photography can...

In Our Skies, January 2024

In Our Skies, January 2024

View the January 2024 Nature Friend Magazine January starts off with a bang. The Quadrantid meteor shower, often considered one of the best showers of the year, peaks the night of 3/4. The best...

High-flying, Dirty Snowballs

High-flying, Dirty Snowballs

Comet NEOWISE II. Photo © Morris Yoder. Comets are nicknamed “dirty snowballs.” That nickname should give you a pretty good idea of what they are—big chunks of ice with dirt, rock, and gases mixed...