Wandering the stars with the Brandeis Astronomy Club

The Brandeis Astronomy club, led by Isaac Steinberg, meets several times a month to observe and photograph the cosmos. Here are a few of their snapshots:

Jupiter has the shortest day of all the planets in the solar system. It turns on its axis once every 9 hours and 55 minutes, spinning so quickly that the planet  is slightly flat, giving it an oblate shape.

Jupiter has the shortest day of all the planets in our solar system. It turns on its axis once every 9 hours and 55 minutes, spinning so quickly that the planet is slightly flat, giving it an oblate shape.

The moon is rotating in synchrony with the earth, known as tidal locking. As a result we can only see the nearside of the moon from earth, which is a bit more than half of the moon given oscillation in its orbit.

The moon is rotating in synchrony with the earth, known as tidal locking. As a result we can only see the near side of the moon from Earth.

The Andromeda Galaxy  is the nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way, which is also spiral galaxy. It has an approximate trillion stars to our puny 300 billion. This image was composed of 8 long exposure photos, which were then merged to pull out detail and remove noise.

The Andromeda Galaxy is the nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way, which is also a spiral galaxy. It has an approximate trillion stars to our puny 300 billion. This image was composed of 8 long exposure photos, which were then merged to pull out detail and remove noise.

The Albireo star system in the center is in the constellation Cygnus. The larger of the double star is a binary star system composed of two stars that orbit each other. The larger star appears yellow and the smaller one blue when resolved with a telescope.

The Albireo star system (center) is in the constellation Cygnus. The larger of the double star is a binary star system composed of two stars that orbit each other. The larger star appears yellow and the smaller one blue when resolved with a telescope.

Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest in the solar system, is comprised mostly of helium.

Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest in the solar system, is mostly helium.

Vega is the fifth brightest star in the night sky and 25 lightyears away. It is found in the constellation Lyra.

Vega is the fifth brightest star in the night sky and 25 light years away. It is found in the constellation Lyra.

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