Author Archives: Robert Naeye

Angles of Venus transits

Transits of Venus Explained

The transits of Venus are separated alternately by 8, 105, or 121½ years, making June 5-6's transit the last we'll see in our lifetimes. Find out the method behind the madness of Venus's transit cycle.

Robert Stencel

Robert Stencel on Epsilon Aurigae

For the past several years, thousands of amateur astronomers around the world have recorded brightness observations of the enigmatic eclipsing binary star Epsilon Aurigae. They used everything from their naked eyes to sophisticated electronic detectors. Astronomers have known for nearly two centuries that the star dims by nearly a full magnitude every 27 years,...

Grimsby Fireball

Rocks From Heaven

This video compiles footage from five cameras that were part of the Southern Ontario Meteor Network. Each clip shows the bright streak of light that illuminated the skies on September 25, 2009 from a different angle.

Anthony Wesley with scope

Planetary Sentinel

In the past two years, Australian amateur astrophotographer Anthony Wesley has discovered not one, but two impacts on Jupiter. That’s two more than the entire worldwide community of professional astronomers have discovered since the 21 large fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the giant planet in July 1994. Why does Wesley shoot the...

Scott Bolton

Peering Beneath Jupiter’s Clouds

Sometime in August, NASA’s next major interplanetary mission — Juno — will ride into space atop an Atlas V551 rocket. It’s destination is mighty Jupiter, the King of the Planets. Juno will go into orbit around the gas giant in July 2016. Over the course of the next year, Juno will use its powerful...