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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NASA, We Have Water

Posted by BC on August 9th, 2008

Panoramic Image of Mars’ Terrain - NASA/JPL   “We have water,” were the words of William Boynton of the University of Arizona when he announced findings from laboratory tests conducted my NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander. The water was originally in the form of water-ice, which has been detected previously, but has never before been examined in the different phases from the same sample.
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Perseid Meteors – Early Sightings

Posted by BC on August 2nd, 2008

Perseid Meteor - NASA   The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks on Tuesday morning (12 Aug), but it is already giving us a show. Last night (01/02 Aug) a couple of us were out looking at the sky when we saw several of the bright streaks in different areas of the sky. They were long tailed, but we did not see lingering vapor trails. The air was extremely humid, and only the brighter meteors could be seen.

If you are interested in viewing the shower, even if you do not see the peak, you should go out any night for the next two weeks and look up. Of course you will see many more if you observe when the Moon is not up, but those we saw last night would still have been seen with a Full Moon.

Total Solar Eclipse Update

Posted by BC on July 30th, 2008

NASA has released an update on information for the solar eclipse that will occur later this week. For the link, go to the NASA site.

Cool NASA Video of Earth and Moon

Posted by BC on July 28th, 2008

 Maybe you have not seen it yet, but some video of the Moon passing between Earth and the spacecraft Deep Impact gives us an extremely good view of what our planet and moon looks like from space.  I could re-write the information, but you can go to the site yourself and take a look.

Cool NASA Video.

Dog Days of Summer

Posted by BC on July 28th, 2008

Laika, Dog in Space   The Dog Days of Summer are upon those who live in the Northern Hemisphere. At least that’s what they call this time if year where I live in mid latitude of North America. Blistering heat (both sides of 100F), high humidity (60-100 relative), and random thunderstorms have been around all month, and weather predictions are for them to stick around for some time to come.

Why are these days called Dog Days of Summer?
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Ready For Meteors!

Posted by Lydia on July 27th, 2008

Weather permitting, we should have a positive outcome for the Delta Aquarids ( going on now) and August’s Perseids, peaking before dusk on August 12, with the added benefit of the lack of moonlight this year. I’m watching for them, are you?

Watch for the Delta Aquarids in the southern part of the sky.

The moon should set around 3am early morning of August 12 for the Perseid Peak.

2008 Total Solar Eclipse

Posted by BC on July 19th, 2008

Total Solar Eclipse - Espenak   Are you starved for a Total Solar Eclipse? Earth has not seen one since 2006, but on Friday,  August 01, 2008, observers in prime places will witness…no. Observers will experience a Total Solar Eclipse. The prime real estate is in far northern Canada, northern China, Siberia, and the Arctic. Cold climes will be the place to go for this one.
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Sky Sights

Posted by BC on July 18th, 2008

Jupiter and Moon - BCThe evening sky has provided some real treats lately. For the Northern Hemisphere, we see Mars, small and red, and Saturn with its rings flattening out, visible shortly after sunset in the western sky. In the southeast is Jupiter, with its many moons and details. On July 16 and 17 we had the Full Moon sitting closely to Jupiter all night.
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