Wednesday, May 4, 2016

UPDATED Sky Guy Viewing ALERT-Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower Pre-dawn May 5 & 6

Hey Space Placers!

UPDATE:

Tune in live to www.slooh.com

You can also listen here on radar
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We remain cloud covered here in VA. But for the rest of you tomorrow and Friday morning before dawn get out and look for meteors from the Eta Aquarids meteor shower.

Northern hemisphere viewers can expect about 10 meteors or so an hour from the shower and the Moon is a slim crescent which helps viewing conditions.

Be sure to look at bright Mars in the South.

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Drilling Into Ground Zero of Dinosaur Killer

Hey Space Placers!

Here is a story on the drilling going on at the site of the cosmic impact that is believed to have killed off the dinosaurs.

Here are some related stories

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/scientists-gear-drill-ground-zero-impact-killed-dinosaurs

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/04/world/scientists-drill-impact-crater-irpt/

It will be some time until the science results are published but we should get updates in the meantime.

I was fortunate enough to witness the US Geological Survey's International Drilling Project into Virginia's own impact crater located in Chesapeake Bay.

Courtesy Richard Drumm
We learn much about our planet from studying these impacts as we have with other planets and moons in the solar system.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, May 2, 2016

1 TRILLION SPECIES!!!!

Hey Space Placers!

You have to read this....our planet could be home to 1 TRILLION SPECIES and we only have scratched  the surface in their discovery. I find that so incredible a number and discovery. What a planet we live on.

Homo Sapiens is the dominant species at the very top of the food chain and is affecting our planet with human activities induced climate change.

I can only hope that humanity can come up with the global solutions to our current planetary peril. Only time and our collective actions will tell.

Remember, the Earth does not need us......we need planet Earth.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT: MARS!

Hey Space Placers!

The Red Planet is getting brighter and brighter in the Southeast sky as it now rises at 11 p.m. You have to be careful to not confuse Mars with the reddish colored star Antares which is dimmer and below Mars. Antares means "rival of Mars" and you can see why - Mars can appear very similar to Mars when it is at the same brightness as the star.

Mars is also keeping company with the planet Saturn, a yellowish colored "star" to the lower left of Mars.

To top it off both of these planets are near the gorgeous summer Milky Way. All in all it will be a glorious sight to see in the coming months. Mars will be at its brightest around May 22 when it is directly opposite the Sun.

Make sure you get out and see this celestial spectacle.....

Here is what the sky looks like here in VA at 4 a.m.

VA Sky at 4 a.m. 4/29/16
by Sky Safari Plus
Once the clouds clear here in VA I will get some photographs to share with you.

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Earth Day 2016

Hey Space Placers!

Happy Earth Day tomorrow.  Read all about it here.

I'll be off the grid starting tomorrow for two weeks. I hope to have some pictures to share with you upon coming back.

Enjoy brightening Mars in the SE around 11 pm local.....it is going to get even brighter these next few weeks into late May.

Sky Guy Departing VA