Saturday, May 25, 2019

MUST SEE VIDEO OF SPACEX STARLINK SATS!

Hey Space Placers!

Amazing video from Twitter via:

Dr Marco Langbroek

@Marco_Langbroek 


that shows the just released Starlink satellites in orbit. Here is Marco's Tweet and video:


VIDEO! Prepare to be mind-blown! The train of satellites passing over Leiden, the Netherlands, some 25 minutes ago. Camera: WATEC 902H with Canon FD 1.8/50 mm lens. I was shouting when they entered FOV!
8:21 PM - 24 May 2019




Truly amazing and shows the power of using space to benefit all humanity.

Sky Guy in Hot Springs VA at the world famous Omni Homestead for Sun/stargazing

Thursday, May 23, 2019

HELP NASA CHOOSE A SAMPLE SITE

Hey Space Placers!

Want to get involved in exploring an asteroid? Help NASA choose a sample site for its OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu.

Get the details here.

Sky Guy in VA


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Send YOUR NAME To MARS!!!!

Hey Space Placers!

Send YOUR NAME to Mars on NASA's Mars 2020 spacecraft  and be part of the almitted so far.most 700K names sub



Hurry because this opportunity ends September 30, 2020.

C'mon, earn those frequent flyer miles ;-) I've gotten hundreds of millions.......

Sky Guy Greg In VA

Monday, May 20, 2019

ISLANDS IN THE DARK - ON THE MOON

Hey Space Placers!


Image of illuminated peaks near the rim of Shackleton crater
Darkness surrounds illuminated peaks between Shackleton crater (rim crest at right) and de Gerlache crater (out of scene left). As lunar days and seaons progress, darkness creeps along this elevated ridge near the south pole. Image width 15 kilometers, NAC M1195011983LR [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Enjoy this article about the South Pole of the Moon where there are some very special places.

The lunar South Pole is the next big step in exploration of the Moon.

Sky Guy In VA

Sunday, May 19, 2019

FULL FLOWER BLUE MOON

Hey Space Placers!

If you missed the Full Flower Blue Moon last night here is my pic of it. Be sure to click on the image.

The Moon will be almost full again tonight so get out and enjoy the view!


Enjoy!

Sky Guy Greg

Friday, May 17, 2019

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE MOON

Hey Space Placers! THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS BLOG OVER 3.1 MILLION VIEWS!

A little humor in the title but serious science - the Moon is shrinking due to heat loss as is explained in this article.

The findings are based on the study of 12,000 photographs taken by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)  - the spacecraft that continues to rewrite what we know about the Moon - showing new wrinkle features in the northern part of the Moon known as Mare Frigoris.


Region of the Moon called Mare Frigoris
Scientists have discovered these wrinkle ridges in a region of the Moon called Mare Frigoris. These ridges add to evidence that the Moon has an actively changing surface. This image was taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
NASA/GSFC

The shrinking Moon also is thought to have created "moonquakes" that shaped the Moon's surface, especially in Taurus-Littrow Valley where Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt (the only geologist to to the Moon so far).



An amazing view of Taurus Littrow Valley by LRO:

The Taurus-Littrow valley is the location of the Apollo 17 landing site (asterisk). Cutting across the valley, just above the landing site, is the Lee-Lincoln fault scarp. Movement on the fault was the likely source of numerous moonquakes that triggered events in the valley. 1) Large landslides on of slopes of South Massif draped relatively bright rocks and dust (regolith) on and over the Lee-Lincoln scarp. 2) Boulders rolled down the slopes of North Massif leaving tracks or narrow troughs in the regolith on the slopes of North Massif. 3) Landslides on southeastern slopes of the Sculptured Hills.
Credits: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/Smithsonian

The more we learn about the Moon the more amazing a place it becomes.

Sky Guy in VA



Thursday, May 16, 2019

LATEST FROM THE CHINA'S FAR SIDE LUNAR MISSION

Hey Space Placers!

If you read my 5/15/19 blog on Artemis, you'll want to read the latest on China's Chang'e 4 mission to the lunar far side.


Image captured by Chang'E 4 showed the landscape near the landing site. (Image by NAOC/CNSA)
Tomorrow we return to the Moon once more - or I should say to the "Incredible Shrinking Moon'.

Sky Guy in VA