Thursday, June 23, 2016

Offline For A Week...Browse Old Blogs ;-)

Hey Space Placers!

Offline until next Friday BUT I will have some goodies for you!

Use this time to browse some of my old blogs....there are years of them ;-)

Sky Guy Off the Grid

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT!! 6-20-16 Full Moon on Summer Solstice

Hey Space Placers!

Happy 1st day of summer at 6:34 pm EDT. The Summer Solstice is coinciding with the Full Strawberry Moon for the first time since 1967; it will not occur again until 2062 so enjoy it tonight.

You can tune in live to Slooh tonight at 8:00 pm EDT to watch the Full-Summer Solstice Moon.

Here are my pics of the 99.8% illuminated Moon from Shenandoah National Park 6/19:

The 99.8% Illuminated Moon

The Last Moonrise of Spring Greets the Earth's Shadow

Old Rag And The Last Moonrise of Spring Greets the Earth's Shadow

Moonlit Big Meadows

Shenandoah Valley in Moonlight


Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Hey Space Placers!

The SECOND observation of Gravitational Waves has been announced by the LIGO team - see my previous posts for background.

This discovery was due to the merger of two black holes that were 1.4 billion light years from Earth. These black holes were far smaller than the black holes involved in the first GW detection. This discovery is very important in that it shows that the first observation was not a "one and done" event, that these mergers are ongoing.

You can read more about it here and here.

I can hardly wait to see where GW Astronomy takes is going to be interesting, that's for sure.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, June 13, 2016

A Night At Shenandoah National Park

Hey Space Placers!

After yesterday's horrible events I was lucky enough to get out under a very clear and transparent night sky at Shenandoah National Park. I hope you enjoy these pics I took.

In "light" of my blog from 6/12/16, as you can see, we can see the Milky Way Galaxy ;-)

Skyline Drive Leads to Mars, Saturn & Milky Way Galaxy

Skyline Drive lives up to its name
and closeup of Milky Way Galaxy below

Galaxy Overhead

Sky Guy in VA

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New Study Shows Extent of Light Pollution Across the Night Sky

Hey Space Placers!

Read about light pollution here.

An artificially glowing sky means WASTED energy and money. Light needs to be directed properly for safety and proper energy use.

I am lucky as I can still see the Milky Way from my house and Shenandoah National Park.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Bolide Sighting

Hey Space Placers!

Have you ever seen a bright "falling star" or meteor? You probably have.

When such an object is brighter than the planet Venus we call it a fireball, and if it explodes we call its a bolide.

I saw a bolide on Tuesday as it was getting dark and it underwent two separate bursts before it went dark.

Read more about my event and what to do if you ever see a can help science in the process!

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Space Based Gravitational Waves Detector Technology Meets The Challenge

Hey Space Placers!

Gravitational Wave (GW) Astronomy - see my previous posts on the discovery of GWs - just got a huge lift.

Artist's Conception of LISA Pathfinder
ESA/C Carreau.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) GW technology demonstration spacecraft, LISA Pathfinder, has been shown to be more than up to the task of detecting GWs in space.

NASA has contributed to the mission as can be seen in this video and article.

The future of GW Astronomy is indeed bright. I look forward to the amazing discoveries to come.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, June 6, 2016