The Inside Orbit, previously a monthly/quarterly publication, has been reimagined as GRAAA's blog for in-depth articles about a wide range of topics of current interest to amateur astronomers.

The name Inside Orbit was introduced in the 1960s for a regular newsletter, which subsequently expanded to a printed periodical for many years (previous issues can be found in the Archive). In recent years, it has been an online publication, published intermittently. As a blog, the Inside Orbit will revitalize this longtime means of exchange and provide an avenue for both members and friends of GRAAA to post their work.

Articles submitted will be accepted based on topic and may be subject to editing. Send contributions for consideration to temporary editor Dave DeBruyn.

November 16, 2019

Kirk Korista recalls that when he was born in February of 1963, one of the most perplexing mysteries in astronomy was starting to unravel. More than a half-century later, the Western Michigan University Professor of Astrophysics now contributes to further understanding...

September 11, 2019

Shane Larson gets excited about a lot of things, but the personable physicist and astronomer is really geeked when talking about anything related to a phenomenon called gravitational waves. He calls their recent confirmation "one of the emerging wonders of modern astro...

June 13, 2019

Editor's Note: All photos taken by the author unless otherwise specified.

I have dreamed of one day observing wonders of the night sky that never rise over Michigan since acquiring a passion for astronomy as a teenager in the 1950s. With eight decades on this planet com...