Astronomy for RVers – The Big Picture (Part 2) – Nature’s power houses: the stars

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Last we met we talked about the smallest bits of the universe: the comets, asteroids, planets and other detritus that make up solar systems. This time we are going to look at the stars themselves. Stars are the dynamos of our universe and provide the temperature gradients and light sources that make the cosmos…

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Astronomy for RVers – The Big Picture (part 1) – From rocks to stars

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory (click any image to enlarge – except Chris’s 😉 ) In my travels and conversations with folks during star parties and coffee table discussions I have noticed that there is some confusion about the general structure and scale of this wonderful universe we live in. I am going to cover this in a few…

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Our island in the sky – the International Space Station

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory [Click any image to enlarge.] The first components of the International Space Station (ISS) were launched in 1998 and it has been under perpetual construction ever since. Now about the size of a football field, the ISS is the largest and most expensive single space project ever undertaken by mankind. Costing more than $100…

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Charles Messier: An 18th century astronomer with game

Meet my buddy, Chuck (Messier) By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory People have been looking up at the night sky since people have been people. From cave-dwelling Neanderthals to modern man, we have increased our understanding of the universe through careful observations and collaboration with other observers. From Ptolemy in the 1st century to Stephen Hawking who, sadly, has just…

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Can’t take a good picture from a moving vehicle? Sure you can.

It is difficult to take a good picture while in a moving vehicle. You can’t take the time to properly frame the shot, and when you’re bouncing around you’re bound to get things a little crooked,  but – take it anyway! It’s a piece of cake to make that picture better after the fact with just a few clicks using…

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