Friday, July 13, 2018

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!! MARS MESMERIZES, MOON AND VENUS AMAZE

Hey Space Placers!

Happy Friday the 13th!

Now is the time to get out and see the summer sky as I explain in this article. Mars will mesmerize you and the Venus and the Moon amaze you.

Enjoy!

Sky Guy in VA

Thursday, July 12, 2018

FIRE AND ICE

Hey Space Placers!

Read all about today's big astronomy news that involved the 4 billion light year travel of a single article spewed out of the blazing heart of a feeding black hole to be detected in a mile of ice at the bottom of the world........


Gif of neutrinos traveling through ice.
When a neutrino travels through ice, it gives off a faint glow that can be picked up by IceCube’s photodetectors and tracked back to the area of the sky where the neutrino originated.
Credit: ICECUBE COLLABORATION


Quite a story stemming from fire and ice.....

Sky Guy in VA

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

JULY 2019 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

Hey Space Placers!

Did you see last year's total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017?

There is a total solar eclipse occurring on July 2, 2019  that will occur in Chile and the Pacific.

I will be going with SKY AND TELESCOPE to see the eclipse. This tour is sold out but there are others you can find.

The totality will be visible from La Silla Observatory in Chile and they will be open to the public for the event. Details are in this video.



Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, July 7, 2018

GREAT VIEDO ON THE BIRTH OF THE SUN AND SOLAR SYSTEM

Hey Space Placers!

On the road at the Inn at Perry Cabin doing stargazing and lecture outreach this weekend.

Here is a GREAT video on the birth of our Sun and Solar System.




Enjoy!

Sky Guy in MD

Thursday, July 5, 2018

ARE UFO'S REAL?

Hey Space Placers!



This question gets asked a lot and the answer is  yes - Unidentified Flying Objects (UFO's) are real. There are reports spanning decades that cannot be explained due to weather, astronomical, aeronautical or meteorological causes. The question then becomes what are these unexplainable?

This article is one of the best I have seen recently and I totally and wholeheartedly agree with its theme - these unexplained sightings need to be scrutinized. The question "Have Aliens Visited Earth?" is also worthy of scrutiny but as the author points out these are considered taboo for professional scientists. So was the study of the Moon and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.

I have seen things that I cannot explain and I consider myself a pretty good observer of all things in the sky. And yes, I too have experienced a sighting in the telescope that I could not explain decades ago. I also am open minded enough to know that we do NOT know everything there is to know about the Universe. I don't think we can be so cavalier in our outward dismissal of this topics.

But we also have to be rigorous in our pursuit of the truth and adhere to scientific standards in doing so. The F/A-18F sighting is really compelling to me. Maybe we will the "Rosetta Stone" sighting some day.

The Truth is Out There........

Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

1ST CONFIRMED IMAGE OF A NEW PLANET BEING FORMED

Hey Space Placers!

Here is humanity's first confirmed image of a planet in the making - it is the bright spot to the right:

SPHERE, a planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has captured the first confirmed image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star. The young planet is carving a path through the primordial disc of gas and dust around the very young star PDS 70. The data suggest that the planet’s atmosphere is cloudy.


Think of it......this is a new world formed out of the same material that created its star. It is currently a cloudy world.

Planets are natural and plentiful byproducts of star formation. There are probably trillions upon trillions of planets in our galaxy alone. We know of almost 4,000 confirmed planets beyond our own Sun with 3,000+ more awaiting conformation and new candidates being spotted all the time.

What a Universe.....

Sky Guy in VA


Sunday, July 1, 2018

THE WORLD'S HUNT FOR ASTEROIDS

Hey Space Placers!

Here's a GREAT video to follow up on yesterday's Asteroid Day.



There are MILLIONS of Chelyabinsk sized asteroids out there and they are very hard to detect due to their size. So the more assets the world has to find them the better off we are.

Sky Guy in VA