Get set for the best full moon of ALL of 2016! The November 2016 full moon, is known as the Full Beaver Moon, or a Super Moon The moon will rise on the night of November 13th to provide observers with the best and closest full moon of all 2016! This full Super Moon, will […]
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Meteor season is here! Get set for what might be; one of the best meteor showers of the entire year! The 2016 Perseids are peaking later this week, with the potential of a very unique, “outburst”; from particles that have been moved closer to Earth, by Jupiter! The meteor streams of 1079AD, 1479 AD and […]
After a nearly five year journey, JUNO has arrived at the giant planet Jupiter! This is a most amazing mission and one that will reveal an amazing amount of information about how Jupiter was formed, when it was formed and the mystery of what lies below the clouds of Jupiter. Launched back in August […]
Mars, the red god of war, reached opposition on May 22nd! Mars will then continue to move closer to Earth and will be the closest to Earth in some 11 years, on May 30th. At that time, Mars will be some 46,777,481 miles from Earth! This is a close opposition for Mars and those with […]
Get set for a rather rare transit of the planet Mercury on Monday, May 9th 2016!We have not had a Mercury transit for a number of years and now is the time to prepare for this exciting event! CAUTION- Do NOT stare at the Sun without proper eye protection!The best method to view this transit […]
North Korea launches a ballistic type missile and claims that it has launched a satellite into Earth orbit. A rocket launch occurred on Sunday, at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station. The Kwangmyonsong rocket, lifted off the pad and is reported to have placed a small Earth observation satellite; the Kwangmyonsong-4 payload, into orbit! Reports from […]
(Click to Open) Join Dr.Sky for his 60th birthday celebration on the Dolly Steamboat on Canyon Lake…January 30th. Limited seating for this night sky adventure! Sign up by January 7th 2016! Happy New Year!
For the longest time, mankind has reached for the stars, by building larger and larger telescopes, to peer out into the vast unknown! The major problem for all telescope designs, is being able to cut through the Earth’s thick atmosphere and still acquire quality image of faint celestial objects. In the early part of the […]
The first naked-eye supernova since the invention of the telescope lit up the global astronomy world on the morning of February 23, 1987, as news spread by phone and teletype. Supernova 1987A in the Large Magellanic Cloud eventually reached magnitude 2.9, before beginning a long fade and a cascade of unexpected developments that continues to this day. We published a full recap in the February Sky & Telescope, page 36. […]
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The Trump administration's liaison to NASA, Greg Autry, is leaving his post. He urges careful study of an idea to launch astronauts on the first test flight of agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion capsule.
Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin begin the first high-speed wind tunnel tests for the Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.