Wednesday, June 19, 2019

LUNAR SURFACE OPERATIONS RESCUE

Hey Space Placers!

How will astronauts lend aid to an incapacitated colleague while on the lunar surface?

NEEMO 23 crew members ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins test the second version of an ESA's Lunar Evacuation System Assembly (LESA) rescue device during an underwater spacewalk
CREDIT: ESA/NASA

Read this fascinating story about how underwater testing of a design for the Moon produced potentially life saving results for lunar explorers.

Lunar mission design will have to provide medical  and rescue capabilities such as these. It is all part of going back to the Moon to stay, survive and thrive.

Sky Guy in VA

Sunday, June 16, 2019

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT 6/16/19 - FULL LRO MOON & JUPITER

Hey Space Placers!

With summer solstice almost upon us - June 21st and the start of summer at 11:54 A.M. EDT - we have a nice viewing treat tonight.

The almost Full LRO Moon will be near bright Jupiter in the southeast sky after sunset. The Moon will be Full on Monday at 4:31 a.m. EDT.

Traditionally this would be the Full Strawberry Moon but in honor of LRO's 10th anniversary since launching on June 18, 2009, those associated with LRO have added LRO to the list of June Full Moon names.

I will be at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center to celebrate LRO's anniversary. I will have a special blog on June 19th to share regarding that event and LRO.

Get out and enjoy the sky view. If you have a clear western horizon Mercury and Mars will be very low on the horizon. Details are in the NASA link above.

Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, June 15, 2019

EXPERIENCE APOLLO 11 IN REAL TIME

Hey Space Placers!

I got this today via Twitter and wanted to share with everyone.



For those who want to relieve, or experience for the first time, Apollo 11 in real time, here you go.

A LOT of work went into making this possible, including mobile phones, so set aside some time and live history in real time. This is a very valuable resource and offers quite a few options on what to see.

Enjoy your real time with the history of Apollo 11. Be sure to bookmark this as you will not be able to fully appreciate it in just one sitting.

I got goosebumps listening to and seeing the launch. I will be back for more that is for sure.

This really is an accomplishment for future generations (and us) to enjoy.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, June 14, 2019

FIRST EVER TELESCOPE & SMARTPHONE PHOTOS

Hey Space Placers!

I took my first ever astropics using an iPhone 6s (dinosaur camera) and a telescope. I have to say I am pretty amazed by the results.



The sky conditions were LOUSY due to a passing cold front and high winds. You could see the shimmering in the eyepiece and iPhone! BUT, the results were still pretty amazing, especially the second shot.

Using an adapter to hold the phone - provided courtesy of astroshop.eu.com - the iPhone takes a photo of the eyepiece image with amazing results. You should be able to do this with a spotting scope and binoculars if they are mounted and you have a good cell phone holder like the Celestron  NexYZ

I will be back out tonight and hope to get the planets Jupiter and Saturn.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

#TBT - MAY 31, 2012 - COLLISION OF THE LOCAL GROUP GALACTIC TITANS

Hey Space Placers!

Enjoy this #TBT video and story.



Visualization: NASAESA, and F. Summers (STScI); 
Simulation: NASAESA, G. Besla (Columbia University), and R. van der Marel, and J. Anderson (STScI)


Sky Guy Greg

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT 6/ 11-12 /2019 JUPITER CLOSEST

Hey Space Placers!

Jupiter will be at its closest to Earth for all of 2019 tonight.

Details here.

Sky Guy in VA

SCIENCE ON THE ISS

Hey Space Placers!

Yesterday was about get away vacations on ISS.



Today it is about the science that is done aboard ISS.

Here is a mission I can hardly wait to here the results of. METEOR has a LOT to tell us. I am waiting for an update from SWRI.

Sky Guy in VA


Monday, June 10, 2019

SPACE STATION VACATIONS

Hey Space Placers!

NASA will be flying vacationers to the International Space Station.

You will definitely have a view that is out of this world!

Cost: Transportation costs TBD; NASA’s pricing policy chart shows it will be about $35,000 per night per person according to the article.

Use your credit card to pay and get millions of points - LOL.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

LEARN ABOUT THE AURORA

Hey Space Placers!

Here's a nifty video about the Aurora - amazing to witness in person.



Sky Guy in VA

Saturday, June 8, 2019

WORLD OCEAN DAY 2019

Hey Space Placers!

Today,  June 8th, is World Ocean's Day. Enjoy this mesmerizing video from NASA that shows the ocean currents of the planet.



So far in my life I have traveled nearly 200,000 nautical miles across the planet's oceans and seas aboard warships and cruise ships. I have sailed in all five oceans and many seas. Earth is a water planet with 70+% water coverage. The oceans account for 97% of the planet's total water. It is such a beautiful expanse of which I never tire of experiencing. The connection between Earth, sky and ocean is felt strongest when at sea.

Atlantic Sunrise
Greg Redfern
New research has revealed that comets may have significantly contributed to the origin of our planet's oceans. Countless cometary impacts after the Earth formed would have deposited a great deal of water. We know water is everywhere in the solar system so this makes complete sense. What a wonderful cosmic connection.

A Comet Passes By. The Green Color Is From Molecular Carbon.
Greg Redfern
We are in a time of climate change and plastic bombardment.  Humanity, all of it, is running out of time to change its ways with regard to fossil fuel and plastic pollution.

If you are near an ocean or sea, take time to contemplate their magnificence.

Remember, the planet doesn't need us, we need the planet.

Sky Guy in VA

Friday, June 7, 2019

D-DAY ASTRONOMY

Hey Space Placers!

I was up at Shenandoah National Park yesterday working on a very exciting project so I didn't get this blog out.

Astronomy played a pivotal role in the planning of D-Day. The phase of the Moon and the actions of the tides had to be taken into account.

Read this fascinating story about D-Day Astronomy.

I hope everyone took time to pause and remember the sacrifices made 75 years ago that literally saved the world.





Sky Guy in VA

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

SOME NEWS ON THE SUN

Hey Space Placers!

Enjoy this quick did bit on the Sun.



Maybe in a few years we will finally know the mystery of coronal heating.

Sky Guy in VA

Monday, June 3, 2019

RELIVE APOLLO 11 LANDING

Hey Space Placers!

As we get closer to July 20th there will be items coming out to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.

Here is a wonderful compilation of video and audio that is worth your time.

Sky Guy Greg