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!


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.

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:

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.


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.

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


Sky Guy in VA

Friday, July 24, 2015

Just Be Amazed At the View

Hey Space Placers!


BEHOLD PLUTO! AN icon in the making, this image was taken by New Horizons 7 hours following the July 14th flyby and released at today's press conference.  The distant Sun backlights Pluto and allowed the spacecraft to photograph the hazy atmosphere. Details like two distinct layers can be seen and additional data and analysis will provide more information on the distant world.

We also got to see flowing Nitrogen ice (!) on the surface acting just as glaciers on


The New Horizons team will have more for us to feat our eyes on in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

Sky Guy in VA