Summer is the season for Noctilucent Clouds

Full Moon and Perigee Moon converge for a Supermoon

Track down two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta

Planetary pairings of Saturn and Mars, Jupiter and Venus

The Perseid meteor shower peaks

The Equinox restores balance to days and nights

Mars meets its rival, Antares

An early Harvest Moon occurs in September

Look out for Noctilucent Clouds
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Cabeus A Selected for Impact Site

Posted by BC on September 14th, 2009

Cabeus A - NASA   Cabeus A is the crater on Moon, selected as the site for a lunar impact on 09 Oct 2009 at 7:35 am EDT. The goal for the impact is to provide more information about water ice that lays in crater shadows.

LCROSS satellite will send the spent Centaur rocket into the crater to eject a plume of material. Then the orbiting LCROSS satellite will pass through the debris plume to examine the material, and scientists hope to find water ice.
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New Hubble Images

Posted by BC on September 9th, 2009

Rejuvenated HST Images - NASA   HST has been rejuvenated and is ready to work for many more years. The new images coming in are even more spectacular than ever. If you want to see some of the images that the rejuvenated HST is sending, just go to the NASA  link and take a look.

Sometimes a broken bolt won’t keep a good thing down.

Knowing the Structure of MWG

Posted by BC on September 7th, 2009

   If you sit inside your house, say the kitchen, can you tell me what the outside of the house looks like?

M83-Barred Spiral - NASA    That has been part of the problem with knowing the structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. If we could travel beyond our home galaxy, then knowing the structure would not be a problem, but we can’t make it past our own system yet. So how do we know if MWG is a spiral, barred spiral, elliptical, or other shape? We now have a better idea on how to answer that question.
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Who are the Observers?

Posted by BC on September 7th, 2009

Brenda Culbertson with C-8   Several times I have heard from people who said that they had to retire to do any astronomical observing, even though they are astronomers. During one of my solar eclipse trips was the first time I heard that comment. That was back in 1990? Or was it 1991? That great event seems so long ago now.
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Galilean Nights – 2009 IYA Project

Posted by BC on August 30th, 2009

iya2009.jpg   Another project is underway for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. October 22-24 are the nights set for the Galilean Nights project, and IYA wants for everyone who is going to do a public session to register at their website (www.galileannights.org). Your outreach helps to educate the public in the field of astronomy, and it also helps to bring a renewed interest into the science.
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Successful Night Launch for STS-128

Posted by Lydia on August 29th, 2009

STS-128Celebrating its 25th birthday andSTS-128  with no further technical issues or weather constraints, Space Shuttle Discovery launched successfully this evening from Florida at 1059 CDT. Discovery transports the Leonardo logistics module to the International Space Station along with the COLBERT treadmill (“Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill” named after Comedian Steven Colbert who also included a video message for the device.)  and multiple racks of necessary equipment and supplies.

Commander of STS-128 is veteran Rick “C.J.” Sturckow. Accompanying him is Pilot Kevin Ford, Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John” Danny” Olivas and ESA Astronaut Christer Fuglesang from Sweden, on his second spaceflight. Specialist Nicole Stott will replace Tim Kopra, spending the next three months on the ISS.  

Jupiter Providing Fantastic Views

Posted by BC on August 25th, 2009

Jupiter - Culbertson   Jupiter has been giving us some fantastic views of the atmospheric banding, an impact spot, and the four Galilean Satellites. Since Jupiter is visible all night for a while to come, you can take advantage of the appearance to watch some events that cannot be seen with many of the other planets.
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Anniversary of the Maiden Voyage of Shuttle Discovery

Posted by BC on August 25th, 2009

STS 41D Crew - NASA   The anniversary of the  maiden voyage of Shuttle Discovery was celebrated on Aug 22 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Museum. The celebration started off on the evening of the 21st with an observing session at a ball park. Over 800 people turned out for observing, music, games, and food. Over 20 telescopes of all sizes were set up around the outfield of the ball diamond through which people observed objects in the night sky.
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