Thursday, July 28, 2016

Double Sky Guy Viewing ALERT

Hey Space Placers!

Two ALERTS for you in case I cannot get the 'net at Shenandoah National Park during Night Sky Festival.

See all 5 visible planets in the sky shortly after sunset starting tonight and continuing through the first week or so of August. Details are here.

Also, tomorrow morning check out the Waning Crescent Moon and the bright star Aldebaran - details here 

Hoping for clear skies the next few nights but as usual the odds are stacked against me.....

Enjoy my pic of Polaris and the stars and galaxy revolving around it.

Greg Redfern

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, July 25, 2016

Citizen Science

Hey Space Placers!

Ever wanted to do science stuff? You can make REAL contributions to astronomy and the other sciencesby participating in a variety of Citizen Scientist projects at

Go to their website and browse the various projects that they are carrying out over the Web. If you find one that interests you spend some time looking the site over and if so inclined, sign up and start contributing.

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Apollo 11 Landing Through LRO

Hey Space Placers!

Enjoy this view of the Apollo 11 landing through Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) images. After Eagle has landed visit the LRO website to SEE Eagle's decent stage and the other Apollo landing sites.

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

OTD: Apollo 11 and Viking 1

Hey Space Placers!

On This Date in history, July 20, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon while Viking 1 landed on Mars. Read all about it here .

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Milky Way's X Factor

Hey Space Placers!

VERY interesting story on how Twitter started the ball rolling on researching an 'X' in our galactic center.

Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech

Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Imagine A Landing On Pluto

Hey Space Placers!

Enjoy this simulated landing sequence on Pluto. We celebrated the 1st anniversary of the flyby on July 2014.

Speaking of anniversaries, it is the 47th year since the launch of Apollo 11.

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Juno's 1st Orbital Pic of Jupiter

Hey Space Placers!

NASA's Juno spacecraft returned its first pic from Jovian orbit:

Beautiful HALF PHASE
Image Credit Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

Read More About It Here.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, July 11, 2016

Frankenstein Galaxy

Hey Space Placers!

I just LOVE how the Universe throws us curve balls.

This series of pics shows what went from a ho-hum nothing special elliptical galaxy to a whopper of a galaxy 7 times larger than our own Milky Way Galaxy AND formed in a 'Frankenstein' manner.

  • Image credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/SDSS/NRAO
Read the amazing story here. Truly amazing....makes me wonder what else is "out there" that we are missing because it is "ho hum" in optical wavelengths.

Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Crab Nebula

Hey Space Placers!

Credit: NASA and ESA
Acknowledgment: J. Hester (ASU) and M. Weisskopf (NASA/GSFC)

The latest released Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image,  the Crab Nebula, M1.

For comparison here is one of my pics of M-1taken in a 10-inch telescope. You can see the reason why it is called the Crab Nebula.

G. Redfern
Sky Guy in Cloudy VA

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sky Guy Viewing ALERT Moon & Jupiter 7/8-7/9

Hey Space Placers!

Tonight and tomorrow night the waxing Crescent Moon will be keeping Jupiter company in the western sky. Be sure to look for them after sunset and wave at Juno!

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Juno in Orbit Around Jupiter!


Hugs All Around at JPL
NASA JPL/Cal-Tech Image
Juno is safely in orbit around Jupiter! What a relief and triumphant success for NASA and all involved.

Get the details here.

If your skies are clear tonight make sure you look at Jupiter, the brightest "star" in the southwest sky at sunset. Imagine Juno there in orbit....

We should see our first images by perhaps Thursday from the JunoCam.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, July 4, 2016

NASA's Juno Mission

He Space Placers!

For my fellow Americans, Happy 4th of July!

NASA Northern & Southern Lights To Be Studied By Juno
Hubble Space Telescope NASA/ESA
For humanity, read all about NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter.

Today Juno hopefully goes into orbit around Jupiter.

Sky Guy in VA

Sunday, July 3, 2016

NASA's Juno Mission Prepares For Arrival At Jupiter

Hey Space Placers!

Check out these videos to learn about NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter. If all goes well the solar powered spacecraft will fire its main engine tomorrow night to enter robot around Jupiter.

Take a look in the western sky at sunset and see bright Jupiter and wave at Juno.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, July 1, 2016

Good Video on Rosetta & Philae & Comet 67P

Hey Space Placers!

I am back in VA and will be posting some pics tomorrow of Mount Wilson Observatory.

In the meantime be sure to check out this video on Rosetta & Philae & Comet 67P: