Sunday, August 2, 2015

Closest Rocky Exoplanet Discovered

Hey Space Placers!

How about a rocky exoplanet located ONLY 21 light years away? What is even better is that you can see the star it orbits with your unaided eye - which I think is a first.



This is a gold mine for studying exoplanets because it is so close and it transits its star from our point of view which allows us to study it in great detail.

I am going to try to photograph Cassiopeia and get a view of the star  HD 219134.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue (Full) Moon Friday UPDATED

Hey Space Placers!

Be sure to get out tonight (Friday 7/31) to see the second Full Moon of July. Called a Blue Moon as explained in this article this happens about once every 2 1/2 years.

Here's my pic:



For U.S. observers the International Space Station is starting a series of great passes. Go to Spot the Station to register your location so you can see ISS flyover. Quite the sight.

Here's my FIRST telescope pic (movie) of ISS - look quickly!

video


Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Some Science Results From Philae Lander

Hey Space Placers!

Check out the very latest science results just published regarding ESA's Rosetta mission and its Philae Lander.

Also enjoy this landing sequence that shows us where Philae landed.

ESA
Headed up the mountain to Big Meadows to talk about meteorites.

Sky Guy in VA


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Red Arcs on A Saturn Moon???

Hey Space Placers!

The solar system continues to amaze:

NASA JPL
Check out the RED colored arcs in the photo of Tethys, an icy moon of Saturn. The photo was obtained by the Cassini spacecraft that has been at Saturn for a decade. The photos were taken in April 2015.

Mission scientists presently do not know what is causing the arcs but it is possible that they are chemical compounds or some kind of outgassing.

It has been quite the year in solar system exploration and it is far from done.

Stay tuned.....

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Update on The Other Dwarf Planet - Ceres

Hey Space Placers!

Here's the latest on NASA's other 'dwarf planet' mission, Dawn. Instead of Pluto this mission has been exploring the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres.

Mission scientists have been able to make the best maps to date of Ceres and have started naming features seen on this fascinating world.

NASA

The Dawn spacecraft is slowly decreasing its altitude around Ceres and will provide even greater details as it achieves its final orbit.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, July 27, 2015

Name An Asteroid

Hey Space Placers!

Here's the news release from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency  that asks the worldwide public help in naming the asteroid its Hyabusa2 spacecraft will be exploring.

JAXA
Be a godparent to an asteroid! How cool would that be!

Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Some Pics


Hey Space Placers!

Here are some pics of the Moon taken with my new camera tonight:


8 Day Old Moon
Copernicus Close Up



Enjoy....

Sky Guy in VA