Meteor season opens up for 2015, with the arrival of the first major meteor showers of the year! The Lyrid meteor shower is one of the oldest of the known showers and will peak during the night of April 22nd, into the morning of the 23rd. The meteors from this shower, come from an old [...]
An asteroid, some 40 or more meters in diameter is being looked at with great interest, as it will come very close to Earth in 2017! Just how close, is not really known at this time. The asteroid in question, is known as 2012 TC 4, which came close to Earth in 2012, with no [...]
A very unique eclipse of the Moon will take place on the early morning of April 4th 2015. The next in a series of total lunar eclipses, will be a must see event for observers in the mid to western USA and Pacific. This is the second eclipse of 2015, following the total solar eclipse [...]
The DAWN spacecraft has now reached the largest asteroid, Ceres! There are amazing pictures coming from DAWN, revealing a most world! There appears to be a few “bright” regions on the surface of Ceres, which have no easy explanation. Ceres, is an object that is about 590 miles in diameter, about the size of the [...]
Observers have been reporting a strange sight along the limb of the planet Mars. The plume or “cloud” appears to be well over 100 miles high. This type of cloud has been seen before on Mars, but no one is quite certain what it is and where it came from. Observers from all over the [...]
An amazing solar filament is now moving across the disk of the Sun. A solar filament is plasma gas that is higher in the solar atmosphere and appears as a dark signature, against the brighter photosphere. This filament is at least 1,000,000 kilometers in length. If the filament were to smash into the photosphere [...]
There will be another small asteroid , known as 2004 BL86, which will pass some 740,000 miles from Earth, on January 26th. The object that was discovered on January 30th 2004, is estimated to be nearly 1,800 ft in diameter at best and should be visible in telescopes and large binoculars. The asteroid will reach [...]
Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 continues to brighten as it makes its way north in our January skies. The comet is quite east to view in binoculars and as the month of January continues, the comet will race into Taurus, Aries and into the star fields of the Milky Way, in Perseus. Now is a great [...]
A rare transit/of some of the main moons of Jupiter, will take place for observers with telescopes on the night of January 23rd/January 24th 2015. As Jupiter nears opposition in February, lucky observers with small to large telescopes, will witness a rare sight. Io, Europa and Callisto will have their shadows cast upon the disk [...]
Observers have another reason to be happy as the new year approaches! Comet Lovejoy- C/2014 Q2 is now a near naked eye object, for some lucky observers with dark skies. The comet is reported to be near naked eye visibility and is easy to spot, with a pair of binoculars. If your sky is clear [...]
Apollo 8 Orbits The Moon-46 Years Ago / Merry Christmas It is hard to believe that Apollo 8 and the crew, Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders, made that historic journey around the Moon, back in 1968! To celebrate that event, I had the recent opportunity to interview, USN (Ret.) Captain Jim Lovell, who [...]
One of the best meteor showers of the entire year is about to peak! The Geminid meteor shower will reach a dramatic peak on the night of December 13th into the early morning hours of the 14th! The Geminid meteor shower is a powerful stream that is thought to come from a dormant comet/asteroid. The [...]
This week, NASA and the space science community celebrated 25 years since the launch and deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, an instrument with one of the greatest redemption stories in science history.
The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resemble a glittering fireworks display in the 25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image, released to commemorate a quarter century of exploring the solar system and beyond since its launch on April 24, 1990.