Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sky Guy VIEWING ALERT!!!! GEMINIDS METEOR SHOWER DEC 13-14

Hey Space Placers!

A Bright Meteor
Greg Redfern
Here comes the Geminid Meteor Shower!

Bundle up and get outside to see what I think will be the BEST meteor shower of the year!!!!

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

ALIEN MICROBES ON ISS?

Hey Space Placers!

Interesting read. Only time will tell as to the origin of these microbes.

As the late, great Carl Sagan said, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof". We have been down this road before with possible life forms found in an Antartica meteorite from Mars.

Let's see what the worldwide scientific community comes up with in their analysis.

Sky Guy 2 days Out of Miami.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT!!!! SUPERMOON SUNDAY 12/3/17

Hey Space Placers!

Hello from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean aboard Regent Seven Seas EXPLORER. It has been a typical trans-Atlantic crossing in November - read cloudy and stormy - BUT it appears to be clearing just in time for Supermoon Sunday  http://earthsky.org/moon-phases/full-moon?mc_cid=bd4238a2b4&mc_eid=9aeb2a4318 !   I am hoping to photograph the Full Cold Supermoon as it rises above the sea horizon - that should be something to see. 

On Sunday at sunset you will see a glorious Full Cold https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/full-moon/   Supermoon rising in the East after sunset that may appear brighter and a bit larger than other Full Moons of 2017. The Moon will be at Full phase (directly opposite the Sun) at 10:47 a.m. EST  on Sunday and at perigee (closest to the Earth for the month) on December 4th  at 3:42 a.m. EST - less than 24 hours apart hence the Supermoon.

This is the only Supermoon for 2017 and is also the closest Full Moon for the year. 

This time of year will also make this Supermoon brighter as explained by NASA, ”because the Earth will be at its closest to the Sun (called perihelion) in early January, the sunlight reaching and reflecting off the Moon this time of year is about 7% more intense (than at aphelion in early July), making winter-time supermoons even brighter.”

http://spaceweather.com estimates that this Full Cold Suppermoon will be 8% wider and 16% brighter than an average Full Moon. Experienced moon watchers can tell the size difference but the extra brightness is usually noticed by all.

Go out tonight and enjoy the almost Full Cold Supermoon. If Sunday is a wash out don’t fret.  We will have two Supermoons in January - the second being a Blue Moon that will also undergo a total lunar eclipse  https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/news-articles/a-supermoon-trilogy       that will only be a partial lunar eclipse before sunrise for the DMV.


Oh, and when looking at the Moon, wink at it in remembrance of Neil Armstrong https://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/aug/HQ_12_600_armstrong_family.html  - first human to walk on the Moon

Sky Guy In The Atlantic

Friday, December 1, 2017

Voyager 1 Fires Thrusters After 37 Years!!

Hey Space Placers!

Read this incredible story about far flung Voyager 1 using its back up thruster 37 years AFTER they were last used. Boy, can NASA build 'em!

An artist concept depicting one of the twin Voyager spacecraft.
Voyager 1 Artistic Rendition
 NASA/JPL-Caltech
Sky Guy In The Atlantic Ocean