UNT astronomer explains mysterious "boom" that rattled neighborhood

DALLAS (CBS11) – A mysterious "boom" rattled a North Texas neighborhood and residents have no idea what exactly it was or what it could mean.

Residents in North Oak Cliff said they heard an explosive noise around 8:34 p.m. on Wednesday night. Some reported seeing a flash first, then the loud noise.

Resident Isaac Martinez managed to capture a short video of the event from his security cameras.

"Out of nowhere, just this pow!" said Phillip Washington, who heard the noise from his Kings Highway apartment. "Just this huge explosion."

Washington was one of many who reported hearing the...

Astronomy expert to speak at UNT Sky theater

The stars that travel outside of the solar system and have one or more planets circling them, dubbed exoplanets, can be spotted even by amateur astronomers. 

Dennis M. Conti, chairman of the American Association of Variable Star Observers' exoplanet section, will teach amateurs how to see them during a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 at UNT's Sky Theater at 1704 W. Mulberry St. 

He'll also talk about how to find and share data about the search for life on other planets. Scientists believe some exoplanets could potentially harbor life. 

The event is free and open to the public,...

Scope out the situation

Thu, Nov 12, 2015 - 8:50am

Buying a home telescope — for school-age children or for adults looking to start scanning the skies — can be confusing.

University of North Texas astronomy staff will set out some popular telescope models and answer questions from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the UNT Sky Theatre planetarium, at 1704 W. Mulberry St. on the first floor of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building.

Attendees will be able to test the telescopes. Popular models are refracting, reflecting and compound telescopes.

Limited tickets are available for $5 each, cash or check only. For $8, guests can attend the telescope...

Up in the sky, it’s ‘supermoon’

Sun, Sep 27, 2015 - 8:20pm

by Michael E. Young

It will loom large as it rises in the east Sunday evening and grow more spectacular as it tracks across the southern sky, shifting from bright white to a deep red beneath the Earth’s shadow during the first “supermoon” total eclipse in more than three decades.

And local astronomers stand ready to provide the best view possible of an event that won’t be repeated until 2033.

Members of the Texas Astronomical Society and Brookhaven College will host a watch party Sunday night at the college in Farmers Branch; the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Noble Planetarium will provide up-...

UNT telescopes open to public for rare Sept 27th Supermoon & total lunar eclipse

The high-powered telescopes at the University of North Texas Rafes Urban Astronomy Center will be open for the public at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 (Sunday) for a watch party to view this month’s rare combination of a supermoon and total lunar eclipse! You will be able to shoot photos of the moon close up with their smart phones and cameras. Admission to the watch party is $3 per person, cash or check only.

A lunar eclipse is the point in time when Earth passes directly between the sun and the moon, causing the...