Friday, February 5, 2016

Ceres Video

Hey Space Placers!

Been awhile, I know.

Just got back from Australian and New Zealand, and will be returning next week for a 17-day voyage on Azamara Quest (AQ) from Sydney to Bali. I am really hoping for some clear skies as clouds dogged AQ for weeks.

The dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt has been observed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft for some time. I have blogged on the mysterious white spots which appear to be salt deposits.

NASA has put together a nifty video of Ceres that is worth seeing. It truly contrasts to the appearance of another dwarf planet, Pluto, especially when it comes to the abundance of craters on the former when compared to the latter.

I'll be posting some down under pics tomorrow.

Sky Guy Back in VA

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT - All 5 Visible Planets in Pre-dawn Sky

Hey Space Placers!

Hello from the Tasman Sea as I am heading towards New Zealand aboard Azamara Quest.

We are enjoying some 20 foot seas over 4,500 meters of water while the US Northeast, including Central Virginia prepares for a BLIZZARD! Actually wish I could be there to experience this major snow weather event.

When the skies clear be sure to start watching the predawn sky to see all 5 visible planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. It has been a decade since this happened so I highly recommend that you get out to see it. It will be best to wait for Mercury to get higher in the pre-dawn sky.

Please be careful if you are in this weather event!

Sky Guy in Tasman Sea

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

G'day From Sydney, Australia!

Hey Space Placers!

I have my new computer - YAY - and hope to be back on line regularly now.

I am in Sydney, Australia waiting to get onboard Azamara Quest for a 16 day cruise with 6 lectures.

I will be speaking tonight at Sydney Observatory on NASA's manned spaceflight efforts.

I will be posting some of the astropics I took while at sea on Nautica so stay tuned.

Sky Guy in AU

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT!!! 1/9/16 Venus & Saturn Predawn Sky

Hey Space Placers!

Hello from Singapore!

I disembark today from my 26-day voyage from South Africa. I have a Top Ten Astropics that I will post when I can - my computer died on this voyage. These pics are going into the cruise DVD as well.

Be sure to look at Venus and Saturn in the predawn Eastern sky the next few days as the two will be moving to their closest on 1/9/16. This will be a pretty sight and if you have a telescope both planets will show up in a medium power eyepiece.

Sky Guy Headed Back to VA

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT - Quadrantid Meteor SHower

Happy 2016 Space Placers!,

Here's the link for info on the upcoming Quadrantid Meteor Shower

I am in the Bay of Bengal headed to Thailand.

I hope you had a safe and joyous New Year's.

Sky Guy In the Indian Ocean

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Computer Died So Won't Be Posting

Hey Space Placers!

My computer died so am in the throes of getting up & running again

Big stories: NASA's budget at 19.285 Billion for FY 16;

Space X lands its 1st stage after a rocket launch;

ISS astronauts fix the robotic arm carrier.

Happy Holidays & back up sometime!

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Hey Space Placers!

Can you tell what is in the picture?

Give up?

It is Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull and the Pleiades UPSIDE DOWN! The two bright stars on the right are Sirius (top) and the 2nd brightest star in the sky Canopus below and to the right of Sirius. I took this pic on Oceania Cruises’ Nautica, which I am aboard. The latitude at the time was 28 degrees SOUTH and I have never been that far south of the equator.

The stars in the Northern Hemisphere look very different down under the equator. We have started heading North so I am hoping to get some pics of southern sky gems to share with you as we go along.

Sky Guy Down Under