Busy ramp-up at International Space Station; both Russian and SpaceX Dragon resupply craft made deliveries recently in advance of two astronauts arriving next month with the goal of spending an entire year in space.
Calendar offers hints of spring
Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday mark the start of Lent, heading toward spring which is now just over 4 weeks away. Yesterday was Galileo's Birth Anniversary; Copernicus was born 4 days later but 90 years earlier. John Glenn's historic orbital flight...
A perfect pair for Valentine’s Day
Head out of doors in the evening on Valentine's Day to observe "a perfect pair" -- Venus and Mars in the west right after sunset, Jupiter in the eastern evening sky at the same time and then Saturn in the pre-dawn sky. Today is the 44th anniversary of...
Oldies & goodies
The oldest planets ever discovered in our Milky Way have been around 11.2 billion years! Kepler 444 has identified five Venus-sized rocky bodies revolving around a star (smaller than our sun) around 117 light years away. Water on Vesta?
Only the shadow knows
Next Monday (2/2) is Groundhog Day! Halfway through Winter. SpaceX gets another one billion dollars in investments for newly proposed 4,000 satellite broadband plan. Venus and Mars still dominate the western sky right after sunset but over in the...
Beware of the belching black hole
Chandra X-Ray satellite observes enormous eruption from our Milky Way Galaxy's black hole . This extreme outburst could be due to a close-passing asteroid being torn apart or magnetic field lines reconfigured and recombining. Astronomers refine their...
2015 astronomy & space exploration highlights
SpaceX ISS resupply launch could come as early as tomorrow or Wednesday. Dawn at Ceres - March 6th: orbited Vesta for a year. One-year ISS space mission for two astronauts starts March 27th. Great planetary observing - Jupiter/Venus dance together...
Welcome to Winter
Yesterday Earth arrived at a point in its orbit around the sun where the north end of the planet has its greatest tilt away from the sun; three extraordinary new discoveries announced by NASA Curiosity; this weeks night sky.
Bid Adieu to Fall
Winter solstice arrives on Sunday, lacustrine deposits discovered by Mars Rover Curiosity, view Mars and Aldebaran on Sunday.
NASA Halts New Horizens’ Hibernation
The Geminid Meteor Shower peaks Friday; earliest sunsets of 2014 will occur over the next few days; NASA Orion launch ; and New Horizons wakes up.
Sunrise – (earliest) sunset (this Friday)
Earliest Sunset - This week Friday 4:34 and we dwell there for a week. Then sunsets slowly drift later. But sunrise time continues to come later until early January. Orion Capsule scheduled to launch this week - NASA's unmanned flight test of its big...
Frosty Philae feelin’ fine
The Philae comet lander is fine - hibernating until next summer when extra sunlight can recharge its batteries and it can continue its surface studies. Temperatures where it landed run about -245F. The science behind the new movie 'Interstellar' - the...
This shower is a mere trickle
Leonid Meteors are visable late tonight into dawn tomorrow, although Leonids are a weak shower. Other night sky treats include: Mars early in the evening, Orion rises at 8 p.m., Jupiter late in the evening, 11:30 p.m. Moon also visible in the pre-dawn...
Every pictor tells a story
Chinese spacecraft Change'e 5T1 launched last Wednesday, did a swing around the moon and is now on its way back to Earth. Because of the very high apogee above the moon, 380,000kms, an excellent photo of Earth and the moon was taken.
Tricks on terra-firma, treats overhead
Halloween and cross-quarter day comes this Friday with a first quarter moon, followed by All Saints Day November 1st. And then, clocks go back Sunday one hour to Standard Time. Late summer constellations at dusk in the west, Orion peeks above the...
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A partial solar eclipse will begin just as the sun is setting Thursday afternoon. Derrick offers tips for safe viewing. Next total solar eclipse for us not until 2017. The discovery of a relatively nearby, relatively new galaxy has astronomers...
Blinking red light means: Stop and look aloft
Mars and its red twin Antares cozy up to each other in the night sky. A small nearby galaxy intrigues astronomers focusing on the massive black hole at its core.
“Hey Joe – Where You Goin’ . . .” To Outer Space
Espresso supplier Lavazza has teamed up with an Italian engineering company to produce a zero-gravity Espresso machine that's headed to ISS next April. Astronauts are looking for a good cup of Joe and the Italian astronauts in particular have been...
MAVEN & MOM at Mars
Two New Spacecraft in Orbit at Mars; MAVEN (atmospheric studies) and the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM); (atmospheric and surface detectors on board) will gather data to be shared with scientists WW. India is the only other country besides UK to...
For more summer, go South… or way North
Summer ended at 10:29 p.m. Monday. If we were on Mars we could enjoy summer for a whole 6 months, thanks to it’s two year orbit around the sun! Cassini descends to 875 miles above Titan in its 101st close flyby of Saturn’s moon. Objective is to look...
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