: By Glenn ChapleLike its neighbor M108, M97 was discovered by Messier’s contemporary Pierre Méchain in 1781. Described as one of the fainter of the Messier objects, M97 can nonetheless be glimpsed with small aperture scopes.
: By Francine JacksonThere’s got to be a reason so many of us who love astronomy live in Southern New England. Yes, we have beautiful coastlines, great schools, fantastic parks and walkways. But, the one feature we seem to be missing is beautiful skies. Already this calendar year we have been unable to see three very unique celestial events, and yet, we’re still here.
: By Francine JacksonNestled quietly on the corner of Upper College Road and Engineering Row is a unique little building resembling a silo stepped on by the Jolly Green Giant. Many students who pass by this building have no idea they are looking at one of the most modern planetariums in the area. The University of Rhode Island Planetarium, a part of the campus for decades, has within its doors the ability to travel through the solar system, and beyond.
The name of this Society shall be “Skyscrapers, Inc. (Amateur Astronomical Society of Rhode Island).” The object of this Society shall be to educate the general public and membership on matters pertaining to astronomy. It shall be an educational, nonprofit organization. This Society is incorporated as a non-business corporation under the laws of the State of Rhode Island.