Astronomy

The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The crew had performed all planned tasks during the fifth astronaut visit to the telescope. (NASA photo)
The Hubble Space Telescope drifts over Earth after its release in 2009 by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This kind of telescope is probably out of the budget of the regular astronomer. (NASA)

Column: Christmas shopping for the astronomer

There are many different telescopes and binoculars now on the market

  • Nov 28, 2021

 

This image made available by NASA on Friday, July 24, 2015, showed a combination of images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft with enhanced colors to show differences in the composition and texture of Pluto’s surface. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, scientists said that Pluto may have rolled over on its axis eons ago, the result of tidal forces with jumbo moon Charon, and that a subsurface sea is the most likely explanation. (NASA/AP file photo)

Column: The mysteries of Pluto

Pluto defied many expectations and continues to puzzle scientists

  • Nov 7, 2021

 

Port Coquitlam photographer captured views of the night sky from Manning Park’s Cascade Lookout. (Jon Ross)

Penticton to host sidewalk stargazing events starting this month

Everyone is invited to gaze into the vast endlessness of space

 

A Salmon Arm family saw an unexplained bright object in the night sky on March 10. (Pixabay Image)

Family reports UFO sighting near Shuswap Lake

They said the glowing object in the sky was similar to one caught on video near Penticton last year.

A Salmon Arm family saw an unexplained bright object in the night sky on March 10. (Pixabay Image)
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Jupiter and Saturn align in our skies tonight, to form the Great Conjunction

Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events

  • Dec 21, 2020
In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Va. The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on Monday, Dec. 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)

Mars jumps out from the night sky across B.C.

Mars is the brightest it’s been in 15 years this October

Mars will appear orange and distinct in the night sky this month. (Damian Peach photo)
A local photographer was able to capture the Comet Neowise as it was visible from the South Okanagan this past weekend. (Submitted - Emily Wigley)

Penticton photographer captures comet NEOWISE over South Okanagan

Did you see the comet? Share your photos and tag @pentictonnews on Instagram

A local photographer was able to capture the Comet Neowise as it was visible from the South Okanagan this past weekend. (Submitted - Emily Wigley)
Armstrong safe from space invasion

Armstrong safe from space invasion

String of lights in night sky likely Musk’s Starlink satellite

Armstrong safe from space invasion