Tricks on terra-firma, treats overhead10/28/14
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...
Hooray for the Harvest Moon!
Wednesday's full moon is this year's Harvest Moon - way out ahead of Autumnal Equinox by 14 days. Next is Hunters' Moon in October. Jupiter and Venus still have the pre-dawn sky in the East; Mars and Saturn still have the evening sky in the Southwest.
99 + 44/100ths% pure
For the first time - scientists have identified a second generation star - one made up of the remnants of the earliest stars ever. The spectrogram shows that the proportion of elements that make up the star is skewed toward a lack of heavy elements.
One small year for a Mars rover…
The Mars Rover Curiosity has spent now one Martian year on Mars (which equals two Earth years), traveled 5.5 miles and taken over 178,000 pictures - available online! Here's your chance to name a crater on Mars - for a donation to advance astronomy...
Dog days retrieve longer nights
Close planet conjunction - Jupiter and Venus very close in tomorrow's pre-dawn sky . Watch the moon slide down to join them this week. Closest on Saturday morning. Saturn and Mars still show in the evening twilight - This week watch Mars slide...
Time to pursue the Perseids
The annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks early this week. The Rosetta spacecraft, now in orbit around Comet Churyumov-Gerisimenko after a 10 years, 4 billion mile journey, will drop a lander in November to sample and test for organic molecules
Let it gush, let it gush, let it gush
Count of geysers seen on Saturn's moon Enceladus up to over 100 - No question about composition of jets, definitely water as we know it. A question now of how far down they come from.
Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’ slippin’ …
Amount of daylight is slowly receding. . . Sunset was at 8:33, now it's 8:22; Sunrise is 5:52, was 5:33. We'll really feel the change in August, so enjoy it now. Friday Aug.1 is a cross-quarter day - Lammas. United Arab Emirates Plans Mission to Mars...
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – that’s a supermoon!
Supermoon? - Ridiculous! Invented by Astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. Difference in size between these full moons and other full moons is less than 2%. You cannot see the difference. The moon looks especially large when it rises at full phase because...
A wrinkle in the fabric of space-time
Orbital Carbon Observatory-2- now in orbit will help scientists better understand Earth's carbon cycle, identifying natural and manmade sources and sinks of CO2 with great precision.
Look aloft July 4th … and 5th!
Cassini Celebrates its 10th year at Saturn – will continue to explore until 2017 when it’ll plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. Franklin Institute's Fels Planetarium captures two international awards. Delaware Valley Astronomical Association Star Party...
“And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes . . .”
Penn State Astronomers figure out why near side and far side of the moon are so different - front side, maria: large smooth areas we call 'seas'; they make the eyes of "the man in the moon". When moon was formed, the two became tidally locked and the...
Set your sights on the 6:51 a.m. Saturday Summit
Summer Solstice. Sun at Solar Max - although it's one of the most minimal maxes seen in decades. Cycles last 9- 14 years. Producing lots of eruptions right now and the downslope can produce some of the most energetic activity. NASA has started -...
Time for an equasion
The Equasion of Time is coming (solar noon = clock noon) - Derrick explains. Cast your net; a design is already in place for an out-of-this world system to collect and dispose of the bits and pieces of space junk. Night sky offers viewing...
The answer is blowin’ in the wind
Following the failure of a position stabalizer, the Kepler Planet Hunter satellite has been successfully re-oriented - by using solar wind! Live from On orbit! It's the Earth from space! In a new experiment with HD video NASA now broadcasts a live...
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