Category: Astronomy

View of five aligned planets in pre-dawn sky worth the effort

Even if you are not normally an early riser, it is worth setting your alarm clock to have a look at the celestial spectacle in the pre-dawn sky. Like pearls on a necklace, all five planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter, are visible without a telescope and lined up across the sky, from southeast … Continue reading View of five aligned planets in pre-dawn sky worth the effort

SPC hosts telescope viewing of planetary rendezvous

photo of man using telescope at SPG Planetarium

Tampa Bay area residents will be treated to a striking celestial spectacle at the end of June — a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky. As a free service to local residents, the St. Petersburg College observatory will be open to the public (weather permitting) between 8:45 and … Continue reading SPC hosts telescope viewing of planetary rendezvous

Spotlight on Jupiter in the SPC Astronomy Lab

Photo of Jupiter

The planet Jupiter was the center of attraction during a recent astronomy lab on the Gibbs campus of SPC. The photos above were captured on the evening of March 19 with telescopes atop the Natural Science building. Using inexpensive webcams attached to these telescopes, students in the observational astronomy course AST1022L obtained short video clips of … Continue reading Spotlight on Jupiter in the SPC Astronomy Lab

Tour the Spring Skies at the SPC Planetarium and Observatory

SP Gibbs Observatory

As we transition from winter into spring, the early evening sky has a split personality. The western half is dominated by stars and constellations that are remnants of the winter, while the precursors of spring adorn the eastern half of the sky. Through April and May, the winter constellations will gradually be lost in the … Continue reading Tour the Spring Skies at the SPC Planetarium and Observatory