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Observing the Sun by: Simon Tang

When i got into Astronomy, I always wonder how these amazing pictures that I would see and take would look over a period of time.

Since i've only been doing this for about 2 years, I would see little to no change since everything in space moves at a very slow rate relative to our perspective. Oddly enough, most things actually move at some alarming rate, but because of the vast distances and sizes of these objects, we perceive them as being "slow".

So what can we observe that moves/change quickly relative to us? Apart from the clouds in the sky which you can pretty much observe in real time, the other thing I could think of was our own Sun.

This video is a time lapse of 4 hours. Each section is made up of 42 frames over the course of the 4 hours. 



Exploring the Galaxy in 3D by: Simon Tang

This is a fun way to explore the galaxy. Go ahead.... click around and zoom about.

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Solar Eclipse Event by: Simon Tang


For all of you who are NOT traveling to points North to watch the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017, The Local Group will be having our own FREE eclipse viewing event here in Santa Clarita. ... more

Stay Safe During the Solar Eclipse by: Simon Tang

If you didn’t already know, we have a Solar Eclipse coming in August 21st. Most of the US will be able to enjoy views of the event, so named “The Great American Eclipse”. But before you run out into the streets to watch this amazing event. Here are a few ... more

Before you buy a Telescope by: Simon Tang

I've now been around the hobby of astronomy for over a year. My interest started at very early age and I would spend any moment at night looking out the window in my suburban home. I never owned a telescope nor did I get a chance to even look through ... more