Monday, September 17, 2018

FIRST LIGHT WITH TESS

Hey Space Placers!

Look at the first image taken by NASA's new exoplanet hunter - TESS.

TESS image of Large Magellanic Cloud, right, and the star R Doradus, left
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) took this snapshot of the Large Magellanic Cloud (right) and the bright star R Doradus (left) with just a single detector of one of its cameras on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The frame is part of a swath of the southern sky TESS captured in its “first light” science image as part of its initial round of data collection.
Credits: NASA/MIT/TESS

I LOVE the first light image that shows the Large Magellanic Cloud! One of my fave places in the sky and Universe........

Learn more about TESS......



I look forward to the worlds that TESS will discover......

Sky Guy in VA

Sunday, September 16, 2018

OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON SUNSPOT SOLAR OBSERVATORY

Hey Space Placers!

Here is the official statement from Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA, http://www.aura-astronomy.org) regarding the "X-File" - my term not theirs - regarding the solar observatory closure that I blogged on recently.

The matter appears to be a law enforcement related matter.....


Sorry, no aliens or Roswell unfortunately. Crime even strikes the science of astronomy....


Sky Guy in the Aleutians

Saturday, September 15, 2018

WHO DID IT?

Hey Space Placers!

Well, now we have a "who did it" aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Someone, somewhere, drilled a HOLE in a Russian spacecraft.

Some Russians are blaming the onboard American astronauts - wow.

Who knows if this will ever be solved.

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

ALASKA AURORA AND STEVE

Hey Space Placers!

Please click on this link to see more of this morning's (9/11/18) pics of Aurora off the coast of Seward, AK underway on Windstar Cruises' Star Legend.

Aurora & STEVE this am aboard Star Legend.


The purple ribbon is not an Aurora but a STEVE (Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement) event.

Hoping for more tonight.......

Sky Guy at Sea in AK