Observatory Photos

 October 8, 2014 Lunar Eclipse photos by Daniel Stange

As part of the PHYS-162 honors project, students are encouraged to image the celestial objects they are observing, using either a 35 mm or CCD camera.

Below are some images that students have taken over the years.

1999 Lunar Eclipse

1999 Lunar Eclipse

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

Comet Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp

Lunar Eclipse

lunar eclipse


Other photos taken at the Observatory:

Jupiter in color, close up:


Jupiter with moons: 

Jupiter with moons

Orion nebula:

Orion nebula



Sea of Tranquility on the Moon (site of first moon landing):
Sea of Tranquility

The Transit of Venus

On Tuesday, June 5, the NIU Observatory observed an extremely rare astronomical event, a transit of Venus.  This means that the planet Venus was observed crossing the face of the Sun:

Transit of Venus

Observatory Manager

Jeremy Benson


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