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 [...]
NASA recently launched the first in a series of Orion Spacecraft by using the Delta IV Heavy, the largest and most powerful rocket in the US inventory. The launch of this test flight, is the start of a long series of tests, to eventually get humans back into space! This mission, was only a test [...]
The recent launch of a Russian satellite , known as Cosmos 2499, has caused some concern in the world space community, as this recently deployed satellite may be the beginnings of a new Russian space weapons platform. This object, launched back in May 2014, has actually been kept a secret and may be a type [...]
This is another great year for the Leonid meteor shower. Look to eastern sky on the morning hours of both November 17th and 18th, as you may get to view upwards of 25 meteors per hour! The Leonids are a famous meteor shower and one that can produce some great results! To help you locate [...]
The European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has made history, with the successful soft landing of the robotic craft, known as “Philae”. This historic landing took place, on November 12th. The craft approached Comet 67P, with a landing speed of some 3 feet per second…… Exciting views from the surface of this comet are expected [...]
Observers can experience Herschel’s “Night of Discovery,” featured in the April 2015 issue of Sky & Telescope, for themselves. Like the Messier Marathon, the Herschel Sprint can be completed in one moonless night in the spring. Purists can recreate the sweep using an eyepiece that provides a magnification of about 150x, sweeping in a north–south pattern over a 2–3° field as stars drift into view from the east. Modern eyepieces […]
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6.