Friday, July 3, 2015

More on Pluto's Weird Spots

Hey Space Placers!

Can you believe this? See the spots and wonderful/weird Pluto and Charon for yourself! Check THIS out from NASA/New Horrizons - be sure to click on the movie to zoom in for a closer view.

It's only gonna' get better folks as we get closer!

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What the Pluto?

Hey Space Placers!

Take a look at the four evenly spaced spots on the pic of Pluto below, right, the latest from New Horizons. What the?????

Oh, and don't overlook the dark spot on the moon Charon in both frames..

Jeez, what a system we are going to see better and better each day to close encounter on the 14th.

Get more pics and details here.

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Asteroid Day 2015

Hey Space Placers!

Read the story and hear my interview by clicking on the links below to learn about Asteroid Day.

It's talks about the threat from above on LISTEN: READ:

I hope you will tune in on the Internet or attend one of the world-wide events that are taking place. I will be at George Mason University Observatory giving a talk.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT 6/29 & 6/30 Venus & Jupiter

Hey Space Placers!

After weeks of closing in Jupiter and Venus waltz together very closely in the West after sunset. This is one sight you want to see as it will definitely catch your eye and camera lens like it did for me last night (6/28/15):

Venus is the brighter of the two and is setting in a cloud. The stars of the constellation Leo are to the left. The sky is lit up by the light of an almost Full Moon. The city lights are from the Shenandoah Valley in VA as seen from Skyland Lodge in Shenandoah National Park.

Here is a sky map for you to align yourself:

Try taking pics with your cell cameras and digital cameras. Binoculars AND a telescope will enhance the view. In a 'scope you will see probably see both planets in the same field of view at your lowest magnification.

Here's to clear skies for us all.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

SpaceX Mishap

Hey Space Placers!

Today's launch of the SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) resulted in a mishap about two minutes into the flight resulting in catastrophic loss of the mission.

                                                                          NASA TV

You can get the latest from NASA here.

This was an UNMANNED flight and the 6 astronauts aboard ISS are safe and in no danger. They have supplies of food and water to last until at least October.

This is the third failure of an ISS resupply mission since Orbital ATK last October and the Russian Progress mission in April. There are additional resupply missions in the coming months with the next being a Russian Progress mission slated for July 3.

Stay tuned for the latest as the investigations into these mission failures continue.

Sky Guy in VA.

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA Plans For Europa Mission

Hey Space Placers!

NASA wants to go to Europa, one of Jupiter's four main moons.

Europa is known to have a liquid ocean that contains twice as much water as found on Earth. Scientists think the ocean of Europa would be a perfect place to look for life as it has all of the ingredients necessary - for life as we know it that is.

Let's hope NASA gets the funding approved to go to this intriguing world.

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pluto Is Mesmerizing

Hey Space Placers!

Look at this latest video and tell me you are not mesmerized by the features and dark hole at the pole we are seeing.....

The view is only going to get better and more enticing with each day - 7/14/15 for closest contact.

Sky Guy in VA