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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Mars Enters the Beehive (M44)

Posted by Lydia on May 17th, 2008

Our Favorite Red Planet will pass slightly north of and close to 5th magnitude Eta Cancri around 0:00 -1:30 UT on May 19, 2008.

On May 22, astronomers will be tracking Mars as it travels less than one degree south of 6 magnitude 39 Cancri … Read the rest of this post …

Jupiter’s Lunar Court Goes Missing

Posted by Lydia on May 17th, 2008

(Well, temporarily, that is.)
From 3:50 to 4:08 UT on May 22, 2008, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto will be occulted. Observers in Europe, Africa, and on the east coast of the Americas (Boston and Miami, mainly) will be able to view this much awaited event for roughly eighteen minutes … Read the rest of this post …

Comet Boattini (C/2007 W1

Posted by Lydia on May 17th, 2008

Our Southern Hemisphere observers have an opportunity to view tailless Comet Boattini (C/2007 W1), discovered last November, located low in the western sky in the constellation of Hydra. However, next week will provide a better view in a moonless sky … Read the rest of this post …

Updates to a few previous posts

Posted by BC on May 15th, 2008

Another tool for ISS sighting predictions: now countries around the world may use the SpaceWeather.com Satellite Tracker. The site has recently been updated to include pretty much the whole world.

Mars’ split surface personality: More on the topography from AAAS, NASA’s Phoenix Mission to the Northern Hemisphere, and more on Mars in general.

…Gray Tape: Moondust and Duct Tape shows a video of the lunar dust clouds interfering with application of tape to a moonbuggy.

Extrasolar planets: More discoveries.

Presidential Science Advisors

Posted by BC on May 12th, 2008

Marburger I’m not into politics. Now that I’ve said that, I thought that I would make a political comment.

I once thought that science advisors to the president were only used in movies, but it turns out that they are real… sometimes. Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed the first science advisor, James Killian, in the late 1950s when the space race began. Some presidents saw no need for science advisors and did not use them. George W. Bush’s advisor is John. H. Marburger III, pictured to the left.
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Yesterday’s Fiction …

Posted by BC on May 8th, 2008

ISS and Space Odyssey - NASA While sitting at my favorite coffee shop, using the high speed WiFi, I noticed that the barista had the movie ET on the big screen TV. Of all of the historic events, like the first space flight, landing on the Moon, and living in orbit that have been accomplished, humans continue to dream of future possibilities. Movies are entertaining, but they also provide us with a little foresight.
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High Energy Solar Flares Examined

Posted by BC on May 7th, 2008

Super Solar Flare - NASA Super-high-energy solar flares have been documented since 1859, when Richard Carrington, solar observer, saw a super-bright effect on the Sun. Carrington was documenting sunspots when he witnessed a super bright white light flare; a supercharged energy outburst that is naked-eye visible. We now call these outbursts as the Carrington Effect.
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Another tool for ISS sighting predictions

Posted by BC on May 2nd, 2008

International Space Station - NASA Spaceweather.com has provided another tool for inhabitants of the USA and Canada to find out when ISS, the Space Shuttle, and a few other satellite objects can be seen passing over your location. The list is limited to the number of objects, so far, but that may change. All you need to do is access the site, select your country, enter your zip code, and run through the list of objects to see when and where one is visible.
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