Friday, July 12, 2019

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!! 7/12-7/13 2019 MOON & JUPITER

Hey Space Placers!

If your skies are clear the next few nights watch the waxing gibbous Moon approach and pass bright Jupiter. You can't miss this sight in the sky after dark as the Moon and Jupiter will be on celestial display in the S - SE sky.

If you have binoculars or a telescope take a peek at Jupiter and its four main moons - always a treat to see.

The Moon moves about 12 degrees a day in the sky as it orbits the Earth in its lunar month and these next few days will show that motion very easily.

The reddish star to the lower right is bright and huge Antares.

Here is what the view of Jupiter and Antares looks like without the Moon in a dark sky location.

Bright Jupiter on the left keeps Antares, to the upper right of Jupiter, company in this southern hemisphere view.
Greg Redfern

Here's to clear skies and enjoy the view!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

THE MILKY WAY FROM CHILE

Hey Space Placers!

Enjoy these pics I took of our Milky Way in the dark desert skies of the Atacama Desert. Probably will be the best I ever take.....skies were incredible.




Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ORION ABORT SYSTEM TEST

Hey  Space Pacers!

I'm back from the solar eclipse in Chile. It was a non-stop adventure that kept me very busy so I was REALLY unable to keep up my blog.

Enjoy this video of NASA's test of Orion's abort system - it was a complete success which is a BIG step forward to the Moon.



Sky Guy Back In VA

Friday, July 5, 2019

TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 2019 CHILE

Hey Space Placers!

Sorry I have been out of contact but have been traveling for the total solar eclipse in Chile.

Here are some pics:






Here are some Milky Way pics from Chile:






Headed for Atacama Desert next.

Don't know about Internet.

Hope to stay in touch.

Sky Guy in Chile.

Friday, June 28, 2019

HELP FIND BLACK HOLES

Hey Space Placers!

Help astronomers find black holes by participating in a new citizen scientist project called Spiral Graph.

Details are here as well as all of the other projects you can help with.

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, June 27, 2019

MILKY WAY SUMMER VIEWING SEASON STARTS

Hey Space Placers!

With the Moon racing towards the Sun for next Tuesday's total solar eclipse the night sky beckons us right after it gets dark.

If you are fortunate enough to live in a dark sky location or are on vacation where the sky is dark, you are in for a real night sky treat - the Milky Way.



Our home galaxy is visible now in both hemispheres as a band of milky white light cut by seemingly empty patches of sky which is really huge bands of dust.

The Milky Way at Sea Off the Coast of Sydney, AU
Greg Redfern

Closeup of Southern Milky Way Taken At Sea
Greg Redfern
Summer Milky Way
Greg Redfern
The Summer Milky Way Overhead at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Greg Redfern
80-90 % of people on the North American continent cannot see the Milky Way due to light pollution. SO if you get to a dark sky site this summer make sure you look for the Milky Way in the sky.

Sky Guy Greg

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

INDIA ANNOUNCES JULY LAUNCH WINDOW FOR LUNAR MISSION

Hey Space Placers!

India's Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced the July launch window for its next mission to the Moon - Chandrayaan-2 - which will include an orbiter and India’s first soft lander and rover.

An artist’s rendition of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface. (Image credit: ISRO)
An artist’s rendition of the Vikram lander on the lunar surface. (Image credit: ISRO
The mission is scheduled to launch on July 15 at 2:51 a.m. India Standard Time which is July 14, 5:21 p.m. EDT. This is just two days before Apollo 11 launched.

Touchdown is scheduled for September 6 at -71 S latitude making this the farthest south lander ever.

If successful India will become the fourth country to soft land on the Moon - US, USSR, China have done so so far.

The landing area is also where Russia plans to land Luna 24 at some point in the future.

The Moon beckons.....

Sky Guy in VA