Lately, I've talked about how to find planets, but there are lots of other planet-like bodies in the night sky the asteroids. As of March 2016, we know of 1.3 million of them, 750,000 of which have calculated orbits. The name asteroid comes from "aster," Latin for star, and it perfectly describes their star-like appearance in the telescope.
Unlike planets, which show nice disks in most scop...
January 18, 2017 - 1:07pm